Why Read It?
"No greater explanation of the faith that I know...not by way of doctrine but rather by experiential taste of it. In Orthodoxy, Chesterton witnesses to the humanity of the life of faith that is both robust and balanced but also coherent and accessible. For me is has been a foundational book in having a faith that does not break when the life circumstances put pressure on my "success" as a Christian. (it also helps me understand why "isms" of the faith do not work...traditionalism, liberalism, devotionalism...the only thing that works is Orthodoxy (and Orthopraxi))" - Sam Schoenfelder
The most brilliant book of apologetics in the English language. Chesterton wrote Orthodoxy in 1908 in response to a challenge from one of his readers to state his creed. Rarely has any challenge been more gloriously and chivalrously met. This is early Chesterton at his best: sparkling paradoxes, breathtaking word-play, trenchant argument and blinding logic.
The reader is treated to a witty and insightful work, that illustrates how reasonable orthodoxy really is, despite the attacks of its critics. The book also provides a spiritual autobiography, as Chesterton employs his own discovery of orthodox Christianity in order to defend its beauty and its sanity against modern secular schools of philosophy. The book manages to intellectually challenge the reader, while still appealing to a child-like sense of awe at the world around us.
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