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In this 1905 collection of articles Chesterton exposes the faulty thinking underlying popular modern "heresies" such as negativism, relativism, neo-paganism, puritanism, aestheticism, and individualism. The book includes one of his best essays: "On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of Family." With his characterstic wit and wisdom, Chesterton brilliantly critiques ...more
Published January 1st 2012 by Authentic (first published 1905)
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John M
Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chesterton, let's face it, is thematically ataxic. He can't keep to one idea; in the words of an acquaintance of mine, he sidesteps issues by making sense. Reading Orthodoxy was an experience analogous to hearing an inebriated genius swerve through celestial ideas. The book's only lack is that its subject demands a structure it doesn't provide.

Heretics is a different story. Here Chesterton is truest to his form. He's free to roam the world of his improvised ideas as he surveys what he considers

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The Oxford English Dictionary

Heretic: noun
a person believing in or practising religious heresy.
a person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.

Heretics is by G.K. Chesterton's own admission, a work that merely serves to point out the 'heresies' contained within the popular veins of thought surrounding him in society. It seems odd that such a word as 'heretic' could be applied to what is popular, when it is known that heresy normally tends to be the opinion against p
J.Aleksandr Wootton
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Within a very short length of time, Chesterton went from "a famous writer I'll get around to reading one of these days" to "that writer I'm always bringing in to conversations and trying to get other people to read," and this bundled edition of Heretics & Orthodoxy is largely at fault.

Orthodoxy is the better book of the two, by far, but Heretics lays extremely helpful groundwork for it: Heretics is more work to read and understand, but it can be valued by its own weight and your investment p
David Sarkies
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Philosophy in the Edwardian Age
7 March 2016

This is one of those books that has so much in it that it is literally impossible to cover in a single review. Okay, I probably could do it but the review would be incredibly long and I would probably end up repeating everything Chesterton said in the book, but then again a lot of my reviews end up being a short rehash of what the author said anyway. I guess the reason that I do this is because even if everybody who reads this review puts the book onto
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm just finishing this book for the third or fourth time. Chesterton blows my little mind. He has such wonderful insight into what it is to be human. I think of him as a humanist that was a Christian. One of my favorite lines in this book is that "what is valuable and lovable in our eyes is man--the old beer-drinking, creed-making, fighting, failing, sensual, respectable man." For Chesterton, man is incurably an idealist, a romantic, a thinking, feeling, paradoxical being. However, what is most ...more
Aug 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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G.K. Chesterton was such a genius. He blows my mind repeatedly in his books, and gets me thinking about things in a completely different light from that which I am used to thinking about them. Amazing. Here are the greatest hits from this book, at least as far as I'm concerned:

-- For with the removal of all question of merit or payment, the soul is suddenly released for incredible voyages.

-- And this gay humility, this holding of ourselves lightly and yet ready for an infinity of unmerited trium
Richard Duncan
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No review by me could even remotely begin to do justice to the wit and wisdom in GK Chesterton's book Heretics.

I read this book at the recommendation of my son, Alan. I'm glad he encouraged me – strongly, I might add – to read Heretics. Next, I will read Orthodoxy.

Although Chesterton wrote in a different time and on a different continent, his words have strong application for what we are facing today with postmodernism, pluralism, and a new kind of religion called tolerance, which is really into
Shane Saxon
This book contains some really fascinating ideas, but it also has some really confusing ones. It would have helped if I had a more thorough understanding of the philosophies of Chesterton’s day. Also, I’m looking forward to reading Orthodoxy which might explain some of what I read here. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but when reading Chesterton you have to remember that he is primarily a philosopher not a theologian. However, here are some of the ideas which I thought were particularly thought pro ...more
Dominic Robin
Not as good as Orthodoxy, but, then, nothing is as good as Orthodoxy. It's better than most anything else though.
Josh L
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chesterton was a jovial, good-natured man, known for his raucous laughter and his love for naps and good beer. But Chesterton was also criticized for his joy, particularly criticized for how many jokes he made at his opponents’ expense. Heretics exhibits that style of jovial criticism, as in its pages Chesterton contests the philosophies and the philosophers of his day, but does so with wit and flair.

The chapters of this book are each devoted to a different writer or thinker of Chesterton’s day,
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi ...more
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