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Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
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Feb 13, 10

bookshelves: christianity, philosophy, thought-provoking, worthwhile
Read in February, 2010

The little book Orthodoxy is G. K. Chesterton’s explanation of how he came to believe in the Christian faith. He explains the problems he encountered with materialism and modern philosophies which lead him to Christianity. He is able to clearly see the implications of various philosophies. I wish I could sort things out so readily.

But the most valuable aspect of this book for me was G. K. Chesterton’s outlook on life. Chesterton has a romantic outlook; he sees life as a delightful combination of “fascinating terrors” and “humane security.” That a tree bears fruit is a miracle to him; it could as easily have produced golden candlesticks. That all daisies appear alike may simply be because God has never tired of making daisies. He suggests that the heavens appear silent because their laughter is too loud for us to hear.

My hope after having read this book is to view this world with a little more wonder and joy.
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