An energetic apologetic

OrthodoxyOrthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very enjoyable. It’s briskly written with a lot of memorable, quotable turns of phrase, and packed with parries and thrusts against the prominent critics of Christianity in turn-of-the-20th-century Europe. It’s something that I would like to go back to sometime when I am more familiar with some of the authors that he critiques and when I have been able to turn his ideas over in my head for a long while.

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  1. There is this one story about Chesterton I heard awhile ago: He was walking down a city street during the Great War, and a woman saw him, rebuking him: “The nerve! How dare you! A grown man! You should be on the front lines.”

    Chesterton, always sharp (and always obscenely obese), gestured to the side of himself opposite to where the woman was standing, and replied: “If you’ll come around this way a little, ma’am, you’ll see that I am…”

  2. I had read that story, too. Seems like a real character!

    Thank you for the recommendations on the other books. Heretics would be a good one to read in order to get the background for Orthodoxy, and help me to see his reasoning in Orthodoxy better.

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