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Gilbert Keith Chesterton is one of the most celebrated and reverently esteemed figures in modern literature. He was a phenomenally prolific writer. After achieving early success as an illustrator, he subsequently established his fame as a playwright, novelist, poet, literary commentator, pamphleteer, essayist, lecturer, apologist, and editor. The depth and range of his work are astounding.

A pagan at only 12 and totally agnostic by 16, Chesterton had the remarkable experience of developing a personal, positive philosophy that turned out to be orthodox Christianity. Orthodoxy, his account of it all, has not lost its force as a timeless argument for the simple plausibility of traditional Christianity. C.S. Lewis and many other emerging Christian thinkers have found this book a pivotal step in their adoption of a credible Christian faith. This intellectual and spiritual autobiography of the leading 20th century essayist combines simplicity with subtlety in a model apologetic that appeals to today's generations of readers who face the same materialism and antisupernaturalism as did the "man at war with his times."

Of the numerous works that Chesterton wrote, the most scintillating synthesis of his philosophy and deeply religious faith was manifested in his masterpiece, Orthodoxy, written when he was only thirty-four and which tells, in his inimitable, soaring prose, of his earth-shaking discovery that orthodoxy is the only satisfactory answer to the perplexing riddle of the universe. Orthodoxy is perhaps the most outstanding example of the originality of his style and the brilliance of his thought.

Publisher: San Francisco : Ignatius, 1995
Chicago : Moody Publishers, 2009.
ISBN: 9780898705522
Branch Call Number: 239 CHEST
Characteristics: 168 pages ; 21 cm
Notes: Originally published: New York : John Lane Co., 1908


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Dec 27, 2016

In Christianity, Chesterton found why his mind could run free as the wind, and why we can write poetry. This is a work of apologetics, but not of the abstract, systematic style. Not to my taste, but it’s nice to see a man who needed the wild truth. Chesterton was preoccupied, it seems to me, by contradiction, paradox, and antinomy, which makes for some very striking insights, but it can be overdone.

patienceandfortitude Aug 22, 2012

Overall I enjoyed reading this book, although I think the intended audience was for those who are agnostic or atheistic and very intellectual. I am a believer and not my faith is not centered in my mind as much as my heart. At times Chesterton was very funny and when he spoke of Christ he was moving and insightful.

Jul 18, 2011

Excellent! One of my all time favorites. Chesterton has a way of describing things in a new way that is phenomenal. Dense at times, but worth the effort.


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Jul 18, 2011

"A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed." (p 27)

Nov 13, 2010

"It is constantly assured, especially in our Tolstoyan tendencies, that when the lion lies down with the lamb the lion becomes lamb-like. But that is brutal annexation and imperialism on the part of the lamb. That is simply the lamb absorbing the lion instead of the lion eating the lamb. The real problem is - Can the lion lie down with the lamb and still retain his royal ferocity? That is the problem the Church attempted; that is the miracle she achieved."
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