Orthodoxy – Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Chesterton’s characteristics would probably meet with the literary surprise of his life, when, after reading the plain, simple introduction, he would proceed to peruse the pages of Orthodoxy and find himself at once dazzled, perplexed, delighted by this blaze of wit, paradox, epigram, sarcasm, Johnsonian common sense, original ways of looking at things which everybody knows, deep philosophic argument served out in terms of the most commonplace thought, and some of the great truths of reliion tested effectively and favorably by inspecting them upside down. The book is meant to be a companion to Heretics, in which Chesterton attacked some of the current philosophies.
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Summary of Gilbert Keith Chesterton (from Wikipedia):
Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the “prince of paradox”. Time magazine has observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.”
Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and for his reasoned apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognised the wide appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an “orthodox” Christian, and came to identify this position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, his “friendly enemy”, said of him, “He was a man of colossal genius.” Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin.
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