Author: Chesterton, G.K.
Genre: Theology - General
Series: Moody Classics
Tags: Church, Doctrine / Theology, Modern Authors / Theological Issues

Chesterton is one of the most quoted authors of this century (1874-1036), but his books have been some of the most difficult to find. Now the Wheaton Literary Series (1994) has reproduced this 1908 classic. In his own words, ‘‘If any one is entertained by learning how the flowers of the field or the phrases in an omnibus, the accidents of politics or the pains of youth came together in a certain order to produce a certain conviction of Christian orthodoxy, he may possibly read this book.’’

As with C.S. Lewis, one has to take this book in first or at best second gear but the trip is well worth the time. The author says, ‘‘This is the thrilling romance of Orthodoxy. People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy. It was sanity: and to be sane is more dramatic than to be mad.’’

Here is some sanity in the midst of a lot of madness.  Near the end of the book he writes, “We have been concerned with the contention that orthodoxy is not only the only safe guardian of morality or order, but is also the only logical guardian of liberty, innovation and advance.”

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