G. K. Chesterton: A Prophet for the 21st Century by Aidan Mackey, Dale Ahlquist

By Aidan Mackey, Dale Ahlquist

Brilliantly illustrating the philosophy of 1 of 20th-century England’s maximum Catholic apologists, this learn smartly summarizes G. okay. Chesterton’s contributions. protecting social feedback, theology, politics, and socio-economics, this assortment exhibits how Chesterton had the reward of explaining the tough simply and the power to shock his readers after they least anticipated it. additionally touching upon the significant characteristic of his lifestyles, this account discusses the idea that of Distributism—the protecting of the typical guy. A concise evaluate of what Chesterton wrote in more than 100 books and hundreds of thousands of articles, this quantity will depart the need to learn, research, and observe Chesterton’s philosophy, even 8 many years after his dying.

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But the true result of all experience and the true foundation of all religion is this. That the four or five things which it is most practically essential that a man should know, are all of them what people call paradoxes. That is to say that though we should all find them in life to be mere plain truths, yet we cannot easily state them in words without being guilty of seeming verbal contradictions. One of them, for instance, is the unimpeachable platitude that the man who finds most pleasure for himself is often the man who least hunts for it.

His great book, The Everlasting Man, names opponents who are now long forgotten. Had it been suggested to him that these names should be omitted as being meaningless to future readers, he would certainly have replied that if those people were to be forgotten, then so would he and his books. The idea that he was an intellectual giant among men simply never occurred to him. Again, he so belittled his own powers that even those who knew him could be deceived. On several occasions, I asked Dorothy Collins, his secretary, who was as a daughter to Gilbert and Frances Chesterton, with which languages Gilbert had some familiarity.

If other things are 32 against it, other things must go down. If landlords and laws and science are against it, landlords and laws and sciences must go down. With the red hair of one sheurchin in the gutter I will set fire to all modern civilisation. Because a girl should have long hair, she should have clean hair; because she should have clean hair, she should not have an unclean home: because she should not have an unclean home, she should have a free and leisured mother; because she should have a free mother, she should not have a usurious landlord; because there should not be a usurious landlord, there should be a redistribution of property.

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