Orthodoxy

Chesterton, G. K.

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Synopsis: In “Orthodoxy", G.K. Chesterton lends his compelling spiritual curiosity to attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian faith can be believed, but of how he personally has come to believe it. A companion to his other work, “Heretics”, it is considered by many to be Chesterton’s most enduring work. This personal search for the meaning of life and how it can fulfill basic human needs has become a classic of Christian apologetics.

Review: If G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy: The Romance of Faith is, as he called it, a "slovenly autobiography," then we need more slobs in the world. This quirky, slender book describes how Chesterton came to view orthodox Catholic Christianity as the way to satisfy his personal emotional needs, in a way that would also allow him to live happily in society. Chesterton argues that people in western society need a life of "practical romance, the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure. We need so to view the world as to combine an idea of wonder and an idea of welcome." Drawing on such figures as Fra Angelico, George Bernard Shaw, and St. Paul to make his points, Chesterton argues that submission to ecclesiastical authority is the way to achieve a good and balanced life. The whole book is written in a style that is as majestic and down-to-earth as C.S. Lewis at his best. The final chapter, called "Authority and the Adventurer," is especially persuasive. It's hard to imagine a reader who will not close the book believing, at least for the moment, that the Church will make you free. --Michael Joseph Gross

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Publication Date: 2013
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