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  • Chesterton Orthodoxy III Suicide of Thought - Does It Remind You of Someone Famous Today?

    01/09/2016 12:46:33 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Leader U ^ | 1908 | Gilbert Keith Chesterton 1874-1936
    The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues.… It is not merely the vices that are let loose. … The virtues do more terrible damage. [The truth of some scientists] is pitiless. … Some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity is often untruthful. ORTHODOXY III THE SUICIDE OF THOUGHT The phrases of the street are not only forcible but subtle: for a figure of speech can often get into a crack too small for a definition. Phrases like "put out" or...
  • Abortion & Animal Welfare- G.K. Chesterton

    08/06/2015 4:04:26 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/03/2015 | Nicholas Frankovich
    "There is a healthy and an unhealthy love of animals: and the nearest definition of the difference is that the unhealthy love of animals is serious. I am quite prepared to love a rhinoceros, with reasonable precautions: he is, doubtless, a delightful father to the young rhinoceroses. But I will not promise not to laugh at a rhinoceros. . . . I will not worship an animal. That is, I will not take an animal quite seriously: and I know why. Wherever there is Animal Worship there is Human Sacrifice. That is, both symbolically and literally, a real truth of...
  • The Actor, the Author, and the Real Father Brown

    06/14/2015 2:06:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 13, 2015 | K. V. Turley
    The priest who was the inspiration for Chesterton's great detective also played a central role in the conversion of Chesterton and many others Crime fiction fans are well aware of G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown and his place in the Pantheon of great detectives. Nevertheless, in contrast with the seemingly endless speculation as to the ‘real Sherlock Holmes’, there has been little such debate about the origin of the priest sleuth. However, a recent book, The Elusive Father Brown (Gracewing, 2010), by Laura Smith, goes some way to rectifying this, detailing as it does the life of the cleric who formed...
  • What Chesterton Saw in America

    03/17/2015 3:42:59 PM PDT · by don-o · 13 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Apr 7, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    One of Chestertons most penetrating insights into America concerned what he called the great American experiment of multi-racialism, the experiment of a democracy of diverse races which has been compared to a melting-pot. Chesterton asserted that the experiment required a strong sense of national identity, which was the unifying force that allowed the many races to meld into the one nation. The metaphor of the melting pot implies that the pot itself is of a certain shape and a certain substance; a pretty solid substance. The melting-pot must not melt.[5] The paradox, therefore, is that the very diversity necessitates unity....
  • Chestertons Islamic England

    12/09/2014 1:54:38 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | December 9, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    G.K. Chesterton had a knack for anticipating future trends but when, in his 1914 novel The Flying Inn, he anticipated the Islamization of England, it seemed so far out of the realm of possibility that it was difficult to take it as anything but a flight of fancy.True enough, the book has a whimsical, Pickwickian quality. It follows the rambling adventures of two British stalwarts, Patrick Dalroy and Humphrey Pump, as they try to stay one step ahead of the law, dispensing free liquor as they go in an England where alcohol has been banned. The Flying Inn is...
  • How Narnia and Middle Earth helped an atheist professor find her faith

    11/25/2014 3:50:20 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 25, 2014
    JRR Tolkien in 1967 (Photo: PA) Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway's Not God's Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journeyI have been reading Dr Holly Ordway’s Not God’s Type: an Atheist Academic Lays Down her Arms (Ignatius Press, or Gracewing in the UK). It is always uplifting to read books like this, not in a triumphalist way but because it is a reminder that underneath all the glaring human weaknesses in the Church as an institution, which we all know so well, there are still people out there who are searching for answers to fundamental questions and then finding...
  • The Ethics of Elfland

    07/30/2014 2:38:23 PM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 4 replies
    Page by Page Books ^ | 1908 | GK Chesterton
    When the business man rebukes the idealism of his office-boy, it is commonly in some such speech as this: "Ah, yes, when one is young, one has these ideals in the abstract and these castles in the air; but in middle age they all break up like clouds, and one comes down to a belief in practical politics, to using the machinery one has and getting on with the world as it is." Thus, at least, venerable and philanthropic old men now in their honoured graves used to talk to me when I was a boy. But since then I...
  • PIPES: A 1914 Novels Prescient Vision of Londonistan [GK Chesterton]

    05/28/2014 8:19:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/27/14 | Daniel Pipes
    Yesterdays dark fantasy is now coming to pass Exactly one century ago, the renowned British writer G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), called by his admirers the greatest writer and thinker of the 20th century, published a curious novel titled The Flying Inn. On the cusp of World War I, he imagined the Ottoman Empire conquering Great Britain and imposing Shariah law. Chesterton rides this implausible scenario as a vehicle to ridicule progressivism that same arrogant, scientific, top-down, and leftist approach to government that characterizes the age of Obama. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes, Chesterton rightly explained,...
  • For All the Newly Baptized

    04/20/2014 4:28:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    NC Register ^ | APRIL 20, 2014 | MARK SHEA
    The Convert G.K. Chesterton After one moment when I bowed my head And the whole world turned over and came upright, And I came out where the old road shone white. I walked the ways and heard what all men said, Forests of tongues, like autumn leaves unshed, Being not unlovable but strange and light; Old riddles and new creeds, not in despite But softly, as men smile about the dead. The sages have a hundred maps to give That trace their crawling cosmos like a tree, They rattle reason out through many a sieve That stores the sand and...
  • "There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than celebrating Christmas before it comes.

    12/02/2013 3:43:06 PM PST · by NYer · 81 replies
    Musings of a Pertinacious Papist ^ | December 1, 2013 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Fr. George W. Rutler (The Judge Report, December 1, 2013) writes:... Without Advent, the only thing to do is to “rush” Christmas, with celebrations without much purpose. That turns Christmas inside out and can even make it depressing. Superficial Christmas is “joy without a cause” as G.K. Chesterton said in 1911 in his epic poem, The Ballad of the White Horse. He also said a couple of years earlier: “There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than that of celebrating Christmas before it comes. ”Our Lord spoke of people who “loved the dark rather than the light” (John 3:19),...
  • The Cause for a Modern Prophet [G. K. Chesterton]

    08/13/2013 7:22:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    InsightScoop ^ | August 13, 2013 | Carl Olson
    The Cause for a Modern Prophet The Cause for a Modern Prophet | Michael Coren | CWRProlific and paradoxical, Gilbert Keith Chesterton was as witty as Wilde, as original as Joyce, and as clever as Kafka When even mass-circulation British newspapers cover a story about the Church and beatification, you know it matters. The Daily Mail recently reported that, “Author G. K. Chesterton, best known for his Father Brown stories, has been put on the path to sainthood – with the blessing of the Pope. Just days before he was elected Pope in March, the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal...
  • The Challenge of Defending the Normal (in contemporary culture)

    07/09/2013 11:47:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 9, 2013 | Dale Ahlquist
    We continue to reel from the blows dealt by the Culture of Death. The attack on life, and particularly on the family, that institution which is the incubator and nourisher of life, continues relentlessly. Our states and our courts have now given the name of “marriage” to a fundamentally unnatural and barren relationship that was once unmentionable in polite company. Being pummeled like this can be disorienting, and even good people are starting to talk like they’ve been hit in the head too many times.We have let ourselves get cornered. But we can change the momentum in this fight....
  • When you Break Big Laws, You Get Small Laws. A Meditation on a Teaching By Chesterton

    06/14/2013 3:38:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/13/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    GK Chesterton once observed that When you break the big laws you do not get freedom. You do not even get anarchy. You get small laws. (Daily News, July 29, 1905).Yes, small laws, lots of small laws. Trifling and irritating small laws that regulate every human interaction and transaction. It is death by a thousand cuts. And thus, when we as a society set aside the bigger picture of, say, respecting life, of mutual respect and consideration for the common good, we get ten thousand laws.As of 2012 there were just over 160,000 pages of law and rules from the...
  • G. K. Chesterton: Rallying the Really Human Things

    04/12/2013 11:07:31 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    Chesterton is perhaps the most articulate twentieth century practitioner of this Christian paradoxical imagination. He judges that a serious breakdown of the fundamental moral suppositions deposited by biblical faith and the classical tradition is underway and accelerating. He believes that this declension is due to a loss of conviction in our culture about the reality of the Incarnation, that God truly became a human being in Jesus Christ with all the import that that has for human existence. For Chesterton, the doctrine of the Incarnation is the hinge that holds together what is, for the Christian, a vision of the...
  • G.K. Chesterton vs Clarence Darrow

    04/01/2013 7:13:25 PM PDT · by HerrBlucher · 19 replies
    Question: I understand that at some time around 1930 G.K. debated Clarence Darrow in New York City and did quite well. Where is this reported at any length? Is a transcript available? What else is known of this debate? How can I find more information about it? Thank You for your response. - Duane Answer: In January of 1931, during his second trip to America, Chesterton did indeed debate with Clarence Darrow, at New York Citys Mecca Temple. The topic was Will the World Return to Religion? There is no known transcript of the proceedings, but perhaps the following clippings...
  • Who Dares Attack My Chesterton? (Long)

    06/05/2012 8:12:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | June 4th, 2012 | Zac Alstin
    Who Dares Attack My Chesterton? OpinionJune 4th, 2012 Zac Alstin The late Christopher Hitchens It is a clich of pop psychology that we are least able to tolerate people who remind us of our own selves. Theres only room for one Life Of The Party and we feel a twinge of antagonism toward anyone whose excellence threatens to outshine our own. I was reminded of this when I read Christopher Hitchens posthumouslypublished reviewof a biography of the great British journalist G.K. Chesterton. It certainly was a curious valediction. As an obituary for Hitchensdescribed: Consider the mix. Constant pain, weak as...

    02/09/2012 5:03:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | Copyright, 1926 | G. K. Chesterton
    CHAPTER III: THE REAL OBSTACLES In the last chapter I have dealt in a preliminary fashion with the Protestant case in the conventional controversial sense. I have dealt with the objections which I suspected very early of being prejudices and which I now know to be prejudices. I have dealt last and at the greatest length with what I believe to be the noblest of all the prejudices of Protestantism: that which is simply founded on patriotism. I do not think patriotism is necessarily prejudice; but I am quite sure it must be prejudice and nothing else but prejudice, unless...

    01/30/2012 6:02:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | Copyright, 1926 | G. K. Chesterton
    CHAPTER II: THE OBVIOUS BLUNDERS I have noted that Catholicism really is in the twentieth century what it was in the second century; it is the New Religion. Indeed its very antiquity preserves an attitude of novelty. I have always thought it striking and even stirring that in the venerable invocation of the "Tantum Ergo," which for us seems to come loaded with accumulated ages, there is still the language of innovation; of the antique document that must yield to a new rite. For us the hymn is something of an antique document itself. But the rite is always new....
  • Defiant Joy: Why We Still Need Chesterton

    01/27/2012 3:22:31 PM PST · by rhema · 10 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | 1/26/12 | Chuck Colson
    Theres a great new biography about one of the Christian giants of the 20th Century. And I mean that literally. To read Kevin Belmonte's recent book Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G. K. Chesterton, is to feel a powerful sense of longing. Chesterton, as many of you may know, was the twentieth-century writer of Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man, the Father Brown mysteries, and other important works. His stalwart faith influenced great numbers of people in his own time and afterwards, including C. S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers. Chesterton's time, in the early part of the century, was...
  • Where the Body Is, The Vultures Are Gathered, or, For Whom the Toll Peals Part I

    12/20/2011 11:22:37 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The velveted paws of Teh Typing Tabby ^ | 12-21-2011 | grey_whiskers
    The celebrated British apologist and essayist, G.K. Chesterton, had a good friend, Hilaire Belloc, who is now largely forgotten, but whose fame in his day caused George Bernard Shaw to refer to the pair as the Chesterbelloc. Among his many interests (such as writing a Foreword to a collection of P.G. Wodehouse short stories!), Belloc wrote a number of books and articles on the subject of economics. One of his most intriguing works was a book entitled The Servile State. In this book, written before the fall of the Russian Tsar and the rise of the Bolsheviks in Russia, Belloc...
  • Examining progressivism from a Christian point of view Part 1

    12/20/2011 12:35:41 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    This message titled "Secularization: It's Power and Control" from the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries parts: (1 2 3 4) is rather brilliant in the examples cited and in it's construction. I cannot recommend it highly enough. In this particular segment, Ravi Zacharias elaborates on a writing from G K Chesterton regarding revolutionists and contradiction. I will be clipping several pieces of this message over the next couple of days and commenting on them, as there are several very deep and thoughtful things in this that we can all learn from, in defending ourselves from progressivism. It needs to be noted...
  • Chesterton on devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary [Ecumenical]

    10/07/2011 7:22:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | Posted 10-07-11 | G.K. Chesterton
    Chesterton on devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary I do not want to be in a religion in which I am allowed to have a crucifix. I feel the same about the much more controversial question of the honour paid to the Blessed Virgin.  If people do not like that cult, they are quite right not to be Catholics.  But in people who are Catholics, or call themselves Catholics, I want the idea not only liked but loved and loved ardently, and above all proudly proclaimed. I want it to be what the Protestants are perfectly right in calling it;...
  • Chesterton and Saint Francis

    10/04/2011 5:00:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 2011 | Joseph Pearce
    Chesterton and Saint Francis | By Joseph Pearce This essay appears in Joseph Pearce's new book Literary Giants, Literary Catholics. Chesterton enjoyed a lifelong friendship with Saint Francis of Assisi. As a small boy, long before he had an inkling of the nature of Catholicism, Chesterton was read a story by his parents about a man who gave up all his possessions, even the clothes he was wearing on his back, to follow Christ in holy poverty. From the moment the wide-eyed Gilbert first heard the story of Saint Francis, he knew he had found a friend. As such,...
  • [Why I Am Catholic}: A [Chesterton] Poem and a Prayer for Michaelmas

    10/03/2011 9:49:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 09-29-11 | Frank Weathers/Chesterton
    A Poem and a Prayer for Michaelmas Posted by Frank Today is the Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels, also known as Michaelmas. I like the sound of that calendar name for today's feastand the knowledge that this day used to be a huge festival marking the beginning of Autumn (which is my favorite season). I actually hope that this day is still celebrated extravagantly somewhere on the planet. Next year, send me an invitation, or some Michaelmas recipes (and history!)or something.Why do I believe in angels? Because they are real. See, Our Lord said so, and he never...
  • Chesterton Defines and Defends Patriotism

    07/04/2011 7:14:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | on website July 4, 2011 | G. K. Chesterton
    Monday, July 04, 2011 Chesterton Defines and Defends Patriotism The opening section of G. K. Chesterton's essay, "The Patriotic Idea", first published in 1904, and included in G. K. Chesterton: Collected Works, Volume XX: Christendom in Dublin, Irish Impressions, The New Jerusalem, A Short History of England (also available in softcover), which was edited by Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.: I The scepticism of the last two centuries has attacked patriotism as it has attacked all the other theoretic passions of mankind, and in the case of patriotism the attack has been interesting and respectable because it has come from...
  • Chestertons Stars & Stripes (A different look at America)

    06/27/2011 8:20:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | June 26, 2011 | Dr. Paul Kengor
    Chestertons Stars & Stripes June 27th, 2011 by Dr. Paul KengorG. K. Chesterton is a treasure trove of wit and wisdom. Among those unearthing all sorts of gems from Chestertons writings is Joseph Pearce, the brilliant British scholar at Ave Maria University in Florida. (Another who continues to do outstanding work on Chesterton is Dale Ahlquist.) Pearce recently came to Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania, where he offered an intriguing European perspective on America (click here for video). Among the Europeans that Pearce was sure to include was Chestertonand what he said is fascinating. In my view, its as...
  • The 30th Annual G.K. Chesterton Conference!

    06/10/2011 1:39:02 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies ^ | 05/10/2011 | Richard Aleman
    CHESTERTONIANS!!! Join us for the 30th Annual G.K. Chesterton Conference Poet and Prophet August 4-6, 2011 Sheraton Westport Plaza St. Louis, Missouri THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 7 pm Welcome Dale Ahlquist (President of the American Chesterton Society) The Poetic Prophet, The Prophetic Poet 8:30 pm Christopher Check (Executive Vice President of the Rockford Institute) Lepanto: The Battle and the Poem FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 9 am Carl Hasler (Professor of Philosophy at Collin College) Chesterton: A Franciscan Thomist? 10:30 am Robert Moore-Jumonville (Professor of Religion at Spring Arbor University and columnist for Gilbert Magazine) Paying Attention: The Poetry of Prayer. 1 pm...
  • G. K. Chesterton: "Who is this guy and why havent I heard of him?"

    05/29/2011 4:57:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 94 replies
    Ignatius Insight ^ | May, 2011 | with permission of Dale Ahlquist
    G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) Author Page | Ignatius Insight G. K. Chesterton: "Who is this guy and why havent I heard of him?" A pithy bio of G.K. Chesterton by Dale Ahlquist, President, American Chesterton Society Ive heard the question more than once. It is asked by people who have just started to discover G.K. Chesterton. They have begun reading a Chesterton book, or perhaps have seen an issue of Gilbert! Magazine, or maybe theyve only encountered a series of pithy quotations that marvelously articulate some forgotten bit of common sense. They ask the question with a mixture...
  • Transcript of James O'Keefe speech to the G.K. Chesterton society at Mount St. Mary's in Maryland

    05/14/2011 3:58:51 PM PDT · by superdudebabeman · 31 replies
    Project Veritas ^ | Aug. 13 2010 | James O'Keefe
    Karl Marx said that philosophers have explained the world; it is our job to change it. I say Chesterton has explained what's wrong with the wrong; it is our job to restore it. A specter is haunting the powerful and the corrupt, and that is the specter of the independent, free, renegade video journalist. That journalist seeks to correct the wrongs of the society we live in. There is a lot wrong with the society we live in. Chesterton says, [paraphrasing] "The position we now have reached is this. Starting from the state, we try to remedy the failures of...
  • 'Tomorrow's Children' (1934)

    01/30/2011 7:51:41 PM PST · by bronxville · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | 2010 | youtube
    'Tomorrow's Children' (1934) which was called 'The Unborn' in the UK This was a very controversial film in its day. It was made during the height of the eugenics movement and considered subversive at the time. Part I of 6
  • How the Great Wind Came to Beacon House, Chap 1 of Manalive by G. K. Chesterton

    02/20/2011 7:16:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Insight ^ | not given | G. K Chesterton
    How the Great Wind Came to Beacon House How the Great Wind Came to Beacon House | G. K. Chesterton | Chapter One of Manalive | Ignatius Insight A wind sprang high in the west, like a wave of unreasonable happiness, and tore eastward across England, trailing with it the frosty scent of forests and the cold intoxication of the sea. In a million holes and corners it refreshed a man like a flagon, and astonished him like a blow. In the inmost chambers of intricate and embowered houses it woke like a domestic explosion, littering the floor with some...
  • How Pacifism Led to the Great War -- and Could Lead Us into the Next One

    02/04/2011 7:23:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/03/2011 | Robert Morrison
    When then-Sen. Barack Obama made a short video for the "peace caucus" delegates to the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, he captured the enthusiastic support of his party's pacifist wing. It was enough to propel him to the Democratic nomination. Hillary Clinton's ad -- showing a red telephone ringing at 3 a.m. -- only emphasized to party pacifists that Obama was their man. And, of course, leading antiwar figures like George Soros heavily bankrolled and other liberal media outlets -- all echoing the same pacifist line. Pacifism -- as the name implies -- ought to lead to peace. But it too...
  • Film and Audio Recordings of G. K. Chesterton

    01/05/2011 5:21:12 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 10 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | January 3, 2011 | Dave Armstrong
    Dave Armstrong said... There is very little video footage of Chesterton and apparently only about 25 minutes of audio. Previously I had put up a post with much of this same material: Hear the Voice of the Great G.K. Chesterton. The virtual movies (2nd and 4th links) are fun. This guy takes a photo of Chesterton and makes it look like a movie, in conjunction with actual audio recordings.
  • Capitalist Fantasy: Pauper laborer, prince spender

    12/28/2010 7:14:11 AM PST · by verdugo · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Toward A Truly Free Market, by John C. Medaille: | 2010 | John C. Medaille
    From Toward A Truly Free Market, by John C. Medaille: G.K Chesterton put the problem like this: Capitalism is contradictory as soon as it is complete. For the master is always trying to cut down what his servant demands, and in doing so is cutting down on what his customer can spend. He is wanting to treat the same man in contradictory ways: He wants to pay him like a pauper but expects him to spend like a prince.
  • Chesterton on "The Human Family and the Holy Family"

    12/26/2010 9:42:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Ignatius ^ | Not available | G. K. Chehsterton
    Chesterton on "The Human Family and the Holy Family" The Human Family and the Holy Family | From "The Story of the Family," The Superstition of Divorce | G. K. Chesterton Indeed, there is something in the family that might loosely be called anarchist; and more correctly called amateur. As there seems something almost vague about its voluntary origin, so there seems something vague about its voluntary organisation. The most vital function it performs, perhaps the most vital function that anything can perform, is that of education; but its type of early education is far too essential to be mistaken...
  • "The God In The Cave" | From The Everlasting Man (G. K. Chesterton) Part 1

    12/19/2010 7:05:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1925 | G. K. Chesterton
    "The God In The Cave" | From The Everlasting ManThis sketch of the human story began in a cave; the cave which popular science associates with the cave-man and in which practical discovery has really found archaic drawings of animals. The second half of human history, which was like a new creation of the world, also begins in a cave. There is even a shadow of such a fancy in the fact that animals were again present; for it was a cave used as a stable by the mountaineers of the uplands about Bethlehem; who still drive their cattle...
  • Why I Am A Catholic by G. K. Chesterton

    12/20/2010 6:21:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 69 replies · 2+ views ^ | 1926 | G. K. Chesterton
    Why I Am A Catholic By G. K. Chesterton From Twelve Modern Apostles and Their Creeds (1926)Reprinted in The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton, Vol. 3 Ignatius Press 1990The difficulty of explaining "why I am a Catholic" is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true. I could fill all my space with separate sentences each beginning with the words, "It is the only thing that . . ." As, for instance, (1) It is the only thing that really prevents a sin from being a secret. (2) It is the only thing...
  • Alternatives to Assigned Readings

    08/26/2010 6:40:44 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 26, 2010 | Spencer Irvine
    Students, particularly conservatives, can get a good idea of how much they missed in their education by reading 10 Books Every Conservative Must Read: Plus Four Not to Miss and One Imposter by Benjamin Wiker. The names that you might expect to see in such a compendium are here, including Hayek, Chesterton and even C. S. Lewis. What may surprise some are the additions, specifically Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Aristotle. Benjamin Wiker, with each book, gives a backdrop for each authors life and how modern Wiker then meticulously analyzes each book, comparing them to situations that a modern conservative reader...
  • In Defense of Dogmatism

    06/30/2010 5:51:41 AM PDT · by mattstat · 1 replies
    Now, it is true, and trivial, that to assert what is false is foolish, and to assert what is false vociferously is idiotic. But in order to claim a man is dogmatically asserting a falsehood, we must have knowledge that what he is saying is false. That is, we must ourselves assert a truth: that the mans belief is false. This is a long-winded way of saying that we must be dogmaticin the sense of declaring a view with certaintyin cursing dogmatism. This must always have been obvious. Consider that the Bartletts and Hackings of the world would dogmatically disallow...
  • Aquinas vs. Luther: A Brief Excerpt from Chesterton

    06/19/2010 10:55:53 AM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 17 replies · 263+ views (how's that for irony?) ^ | 1923 | G. K. Chesterton
    ...For there was one particular monk in that Augustinian monastery in the German forests, who may be said to have had a single and special talent for emphasis; for emphasis and nothing except emphasis; for emphasis with the quality of earthquake. He was the son of a slatecutter; a man with a great voice and a certain volume of personality; brooding, sincere, decidedly morbid; and his name was Martin Luther. Neither Augustine nor the Augustinians would have desired to see the day of that vindication of the Augustinian tradition; but in one sense, perhaps, the Augustinian tradition was avenged after...
  • "Personally Opposed, But..." Five Pro-Abortion Dodges

    10/13/2009 1:46:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 601+ views
    ic ^ | October 13, 2009 | Todd M. Aglialoro
      In that passage from Orthodoxy so familiar that it is almost now cliché, G. K. Chesterton wrote that there are a thousand angles at which a man may fall but only one at which he stands. By this he argued for the unique, enduring character of orthodox Church doctrine, of the one, true, upstanding strand of Right Teaching. Though the same tired heresies may reappear to contest it -- mutated, renamed, warmed-over -- the old, wild truth remains standing, "reeling but erect."   This well-worn lesson takes on a new freshness, I think, when applied to the culture...
  • Uncommon Sense with James O'Keefe

    10/08/2009 11:35:05 AM PDT · by Humbug · 2 replies · 277+ views
    An interesting 9-minute interview with James O'Keefe (Acorn video producer) talking about one of his biggest inspirations: GK Chesterton. (Audio)
  • Chesterton and Lewis for Beginners

    07/24/2009 10:00:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 584+ views
    ic ^ | July 4, 2009 | David Mills
    Almost 75 years after the death of G. K. Chesterton and 45 years after the death of C. S. Lewis, millions continue to read them as guides and gurus. New readers will pick up a book, or even just an essay or two, and become lifelong fans and devotees. These portly, homely, undramatic men are still the bookish Christian's rock stars. Their new readers, having become fans, excitedly look up the lists of their books -- and stop dead. There's just too much to read, and too little time, and some of those books look like slow going....
  • Atheism

    06/18/2009 8:27:56 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 111 replies · 3,529+ views
    CMI ^ | June 11, 2009 | Mariano
    1. Definition of Atheism There is confusion and debate about the term atheism and its definition. The term atheism finds its etymology in the Greek combination of a and theos. What atheos means is, as with any term, subject to context (and perhaps personal interpretation). Note that if an atheist states, I do not believe in God, this is technically not a statement about Gods existence or lack thereof. Does atheos mean no God, without God, lack God belief or God does not exist? Early Christians were referred to as atheists because they did not believe in the Greek or...
  • Al-Jazeera Visits Northwest Indiana

    10/23/2008 4:22:15 PM PDT · by Fawn · 5 replies · 310+ views
    chicagoist ^ | Oct 23, 2008 | unkown
    The Arab television network Al-Jazeera has sent a documentary crew on the road in the United States to talk to voters and they visited the Northwest Indiana town of Chesterton this week. The crew, Graham Meriwether and Chris Henderson, are touring communities in the country, part of the Red Blue Road Trip project, to get a read on voters as the historic 2008 Presidential election. The two drive from town to town in a 2002 Honda and edit the footage together on the go. As for the fact they work with Al-Jazeera, the crew hasn't had much trouble. Henderson said,...
  • G.K. Chesterton: Darwinism is An attack upon thought itself

    11/12/2008 8:37:28 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 107 replies · 1,898+ views
    CMI ^ | November 12, 2008 | Lita Cosner
    I do not know the true reason for a bat not having feathers; I only know that Darwin gave a false reason for its having wings. And the more the Darwinians explain, the more certain I become that Darwinism was wrong. All their explanations ignore the fact that Darwinism supposes an animal feature to appear first, not merely in an incomplete stage, but in an almost imperceptible stage. The member of a sort of mouse family, destined to found the bat family, could only have differed from his brother mice by some minute trace of membrane; and why should that...
  • Chestertons genuine hope for a just society

    10/14/2008 5:48:49 AM PDT · by stfassisi · 16 replies · 459+ views
    The fictional fantasy in The Club of Queer Trades reflects Chestertons genuine hope for a just society. He spent his life arguing that such a society was really possible. Argumentation is about persuasion. Chesterton wanted to convince the world that there was a better social structure than either Socialism or Capitalism. But it was not a system that could be imposed on a society; it was something a society had to learn about and then choose. Distributism, he argued, is not something done to people, but done by people.56 Like Christianity, Distributism has not been an ideal tried and found...
  • The Ale-Drinker's Answer to Hegel: Chesterton's The Everlasting Man

    09/18/2008 10:47:41 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 4 replies · 158+ views ^ | 9/16/08 | John Zmirak
    The Ale-Drinker's Answer to Hegel: Chesterton's The Everlasting Man by John Zmirak 9/16/08 One of the books I'm teaching this semester is a title that, over the years, I've found indispensable for my sanity, such as it is: G. K. Chesterton's The Everlasting Man. If you don't know the book, stop reading now. Click over and order your copy. Go ahead, I can wait . . . When your package arrives, settle into a comfy chair with a decent supply of monastic beer, because you're in for a wild ride. In this easy book of medium length, Chesterton tries the...
  • The God in the Cave -- G. K. Chesterton

    12/23/2007 10:36:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies · 44+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | not available | G. K. Chesterton
    "The God In The Cave" | From The Everlasting ManThis sketch of the human story began in a cave; the cave which popular science associates with the cave-man and in which practical discovery has really found archaic drawings of animals. The second half of human history, which was like a new creation of the world, also begins in a cave. There is even a shadow of such a fancy in the fact that animals were again present; for it was a cave used as a stable by the mountaineers of the uplands about Bethlehem; who still drive their cattle...
  • The American's Creed / Quotes by G. K Chesterton

    02/19/2007 12:45:05 AM PST · by Exton1 · 30 replies · 1,417+ views
    US ^ | 1917 | William Tyler Page
    The American's Creed by William Tyler Page I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws to respect...