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  • PIPES: A 1914 Novel’s 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
    Yesterday’s 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,...
  • Pope blesses plans to make writer of Father Brown stories G.K. Chesterton a saint

    08/11/2013 10:42:02 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10 August 2013 | Jonathan Petre
    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 Jorge Bergoglio, wrote to a Chesterton society in Argentina approving the wording of a private prayer calling for his canonisation. The Pontiff is said to be a fan of the author, one of whose most admired books was a life of St Francis of Assisi – whose name the Pope adopted.
  • Who Dares Attack My Chesterton? (Long)

    06/05/2012 8:12:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    CE.com ^ | June 4th, 2012 | Zac Alstin
    Who Dares Attack My Chesterton? OpinionJune 4th, 2012 Zac Alstin The late Christopher Hitchens  It is a cliché of pop psychology that we are least able to tolerate people who remind us of our own selves. There’s 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’ posthumously published review of a biography of the great British journalist G.K. Chesterton. It certainly was a curious valediction. As an obituary for Hitchens described: “Consider the mix. Constant pain, weak as...
  • 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...
  • Age-old ‘distributism’ gains new traction

    10/18/2011 8:36:07 PM PDT · by MeNeFrego · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/18/2011 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK — Can an Anglican theologian from Britain revive an 80-year-old Catholic social justice theory and provide a solution to America’s economic woes and political polarization? Philosopher and political thinker Phillip Blond thinks so, and he’s giving it everything he’s got. Blond, who has been a counselor to British Prime Minister David Cameron, just wrapped up a two-week U.S. tour to pitch his retooled version of “distributism,” a theory that argues that both capitalism and government are out of control. In that sense, the thinking goes, both Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party are right...
  • The 30th Annual G.K. Chesterton Conference!

    06/10/2011 1:39:02 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Chesterton.org ^ | 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...
  • '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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSqUnqoHRFs 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 Scoop.com ^ | 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 MoveOn.org and other liberal media outlets -- all echoing the same pacifist line. Pacifism -- as the name implies -- ought to lead to peace. But it too...
  • "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
    IgnatiusInsight.com ^ | 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
    Chesterton.org ^ | 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 1990 The 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...
  • 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 God’s 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...
  • Learning From Conservative History: Main Trails . . . and Less-Traveled Paths (traditional futurism)

    01/07/2009 4:49:42 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 637+ views
    First Principles ^ | January 2, 2009 | Allan C. Carlson
    Learning From Conservative History: Main Trails . . . and Less-Traveled Paths - 01/02/09 This is part three of a symposium on contemporary conservatism hosted by ISI at Yale in November, 2008. Read part one. Read part two.By training, I am an historian. I love the discipline and believe that historical mindedness—the ability to see and understand the grounding of current institutions, issues, and events in the complex matrix of the past—this is the superior way to make sense of reality.All the same, I have been troubled for over a decade by the growing interest of American conservatives in...
  • Orthodoxy Turns 100

    12/10/2008 11:19:46 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 238+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | Posted 12/8/08 | BY Gerald J. Russello
    This year marks the 100th anniversary of Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton. It remains one of the great books of the English Catholic revival in the last part of the 19th and early 20th centuries, even though it was written before Chesterton’s conversion to Catholicism in 1922 and is a counterpart to an earlier book titled Heretics....
  • Chesterton’s 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 Chesterton’s 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...
  • Obama Getting Away With Murder? Chesterton to the Rescue!

    06/27/2008 8:49:17 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 3 replies · 69+ views
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 6-26-08 | Tom O'Toole
    Although it was 80 years ago that the man dubbed "The Apostle of Common Sense" made his fateful comments about the then current election in America, they undoubtedly ring true today. Of course, you would substitute the words "Gay Marriage" and "Abortion" for "Drink" and "Prohibition," but the principle (and prejudice) remains the same. In those days, Chesterton argued, Governor Smith lost not so much because he was for social drinking and against Prohibition (a subject which, by the way, history proved him right about) but because he was Catholic—and the Republicans convinced enough ignorant WASP Americans that not only...
  • Sometimes You Have to Fight: A Chesteronian Perspective

    11/28/2006 10:45:20 AM PST · by Antoninus · 39 replies · 1,204+ views
    Catholic Men's Quarterly ^ | Fall 2006 | Dale Ahlquist
    Don’t ask me what I think of the war. I’ll tell you anyway. I won’t tell you what you want to hear. I won’t tell you whether I am for or against it. I will tell you only that I think the same way G. K. Chesterton thinks about the war. Which war? Any war. I refer to his position because, curiously enough, it coincides with the Catholic Church’s position. We all know all the arguments against killing. And even against fighting. The Bible is pretty clear. Thou shall not kill. If your enemy strikes you on one cheek, offer...
  • The Man Who Was Thursday : A Nightmare (1907 classic .. time for a re-read?)

    06/29/2006 10:22:24 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 24 replies · 646+ views
    Amazon ^ | 1907 | G. K. Chesterton,
    Amazon review: In an article published the day before his death, G.K. Chesterton called The Man Who Was Thursday "a very melodramatic sort of moonshine." Set in a phantasmagoric London where policemen are poets and anarchists camouflage themselves as, well, anarchists, his 1907 novel offers up one highly colored enigma after another. If that weren't enough, the author also throws in an elephant chase and a hot-air-balloon pursuit in which the pursuers suffer from "the persistent refusal of the balloon to follow the roads, and the still more persistent refusal of the cabmen to follow the balloon." But Chesterton is...
  • G.K. Chesterton: Champion of Orthodoxy

    05/08/2006 11:25:39 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 8 replies · 292+ views
    Catholiceducation.org ^ | 2001 | Joseph Pearce
    Chesterton's reputation as one of the key figures in Christian literature during the 20th century is linked inextricably with the concept of "orthodoxy." His book of that title, published in 1908, was, according to Wilfrid Ward, a major milestone in the development of Christian thought. Wilfrid Ward was certainly not alone in his flattering praise of Chesterton's book. Its influence on the intellectual development of a whole generation was summed up by Dorothy L. Sayers. She had first read Orthodoxy as a schoolgirl when her faith had been threatened by adolescent doubt. In later years she confessed that its "invigorating...
  • Why I am a Catholic--G.K. Chesterton

    08/12/2002 6:16:39 PM PDT · by JMJ333 · 18 replies · 301+ views
    CERC ^ | Chesterton
    The 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 in which the superior cannot be superior; in the sense of supercilious. (3) It is the only thing that frees a man from the degrading slavery of...
  • Literary Converts - Book Review

    10/12/2004 5:17:40 AM PDT · by Land of the Irish · 5 replies · 298+ views
    Latin Mass Magazine via Seattle Catholic ^ | reviewed by Fr. Eugene Dougherty
    This book has a very special appeal for those who love the Church and the traditional Latin Mass. It first appeared in Great Britain under the title Literary Converts, and then was reprinted by Ignatius Press in 1999 with the subtitle "Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief." I especially like the subtitle because this book has reinforced my faith today by affording me the company of the authors with whom I grew up: G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Ronald Knox, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Malcolm Muggeridge, and a host of others. My main interest in them today is that many...
  • NEW FALL SERIES ON EWTN

    08/17/2002 4:46:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 160+ views
    EWTN ^ | August 2002
    New Fall SeriesAll shows start in September MOTHER OF THE REDEEMER - Fr. Mitch Pacwa discusses Pope John Paul II's Encyclical "Redemptoris Mater," while visiting related sites in the Holy Land.  Airs Wednesdays at 2:30PM, Thursdays at 11:30PM, & Saturdays at 5:30AM.THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD THROUGH THE AGES - Join Fr. Charles Connor as he gives a deeper insight into the scriptural, theological, historical and spiritual richness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  Airs Tuesdays at 11:30PM, Wednesdays at 5PM, & Fridays at 5AM.ECCLESIASTICAL MOVEMENTS AND THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH - Join Fr. C. John McCloskey III, Director of the Catholic Information Center...
  • Chesterton's Hymns and Others

    04/30/2002 8:21:15 AM PDT · by history_matters · 16 replies · 142+ views
    Various
    O God of earth and altar O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry, our earthly rulers falter, our people drift and die; the walls of gold entomb us, the swords of scorn divide, take not thy thunder from us, but take away our pride. From all that terror teaches, from lies of tongue and pen, from all the easy speeches that comfort cruel men, from sale and profanation of honor, and the sword, from sleep and from damnation, deliver us, good Lord! Tie in a living tether the prince and priest and thrall, bind...