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Orthodoxy (1908)

by G. K. Chesterton

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G.K. Chesterton was a journalist, playwright, poet, biographer, novelist, essayist, literary commentator, editor, orator, artist, and theologian. A serious attack in 1903 against Christianity by Robert Blatchford, well-known newspaper editor, impelled Chesterton to seize the gauntlet of refutation. His reply was immensely successful and was the early formation of his convincing credo that is so brilliantly and cogently argued in Orthodoxy, a masterwork that was published just five years later.… (more)
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Chesterton is one of my favourite authors, but this pamphlet is pure rubbish. Simply listing all the fallacies, illogicalities, sophistries, straw-man attacks, even disingenuities and so on therein contained would take several pages. Of course, being GKC he sometimes makes sense even here, but those moments are few and far between. But the main problem is perhaps that he doesn't actually defend Christianity as something true, but as something convenient. ( )
  Stravaiger64 | May 28, 2021 |


Chesterton has an excellent writing style who is a pleasure to read but the arguments made are pretty shoddy. If you're keen on Jesus then you'll love it, if your just sceptically interested then you'll find it annoying. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
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  birdsnare | May 16, 2019 |
This book is meant to be a companion to "Heretics," and to put the positive side in addition to the negative. Many critics complained of the book called "Heretics" because it merely criticised current philosophies without offering any alternative philosophy. This book is an attempt to answer the challenge. It is unavoidably affirmative and therefore unavoidably autobiographical. The writer has been driven back upon somewhat the same difficulty as that which beset Newman in writing his Apologia; he has been forced to be egotistical only in order to be sincere. While everything else may be different the motive in both cases is the same. It is the purpose of the writer to attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian Faith can be believed, but of how he personally has come to believe it. The book is therefore arranged upon the positive principle of a riddle and its answer. It deals first with all the writer's own solitary and sincere speculations and then with all the startling style in which they were all suddenly satisfied by the Christian Theology. The writer regards it as amounting to a convincing creed. But if it is not that it is at least a repeated and surprising coincidence.
  StFrancisofAssisi | Apr 28, 2019 |
I like this book. This is an easy and quick book to get a 'dose' of Chesterton's writing style - and his firm logic. Granted that he writes with a thickness and he is dealing with issues of his day in the words of his day, but his points are very much still relevant. To read Chesterton you must read slowly and with a pen in hand to mark his points. ( )
  rcalbright | Sep 5, 2017 |
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This book is meant to be a companion to “Heretics,” and to put the positive side in addition to the negative.
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We have come to the wrong star ... That is what makes life at once so splendid and so strange. The true happiness is that we don't fit. We come from somewhere else. We have lost our way.
Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait.
Madmen never have doubts.
Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all.
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G.K. Chesterton was a journalist, playwright, poet, biographer, novelist, essayist, literary commentator, editor, orator, artist, and theologian. A serious attack in 1903 against Christianity by Robert Blatchford, well-known newspaper editor, impelled Chesterton to seize the gauntlet of refutation. His reply was immensely successful and was the early formation of his convincing credo that is so brilliantly and cogently argued in Orthodoxy, a masterwork that was published just five years later.

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