Several Disconnected Thoughts on G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton (Amazon)

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton (Amazon)

Instead of a book review – who can write an adequate review of a classic – here are some relatively disconnected thoughts on G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy.

(The links below are to some excerpts I posted earlier)

The first words I think of to describe this book: Fanciful, youthful, joyous, and brilliant.

Chesterton’s masterful use of metaphor rivals that of C.S. Lewis.

The title, Orthodoxy, doesn’t give you a great impression of its content. It is really a defense of Christianity in general, or rather, an attack on the materialism, humanism, and skepticism of his time.

It doesn’t so much defend particular dogmas as it defends the idea of dogma in general.

Chesterton sometimes thinks like a child, in the most satisfying of ways.

He has some great thoughts on original sin: On denying sin. On understanding human nature.

Chesterton is contagiously optimistic.

His rarely approaches issues in the way you would expect, but his approach is (almost) always convincing.

You should read this book.