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G.K.Chesterton: A Theologian11 Oct 2010
Samuel A. Nigro
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So you want to read Chesterton? Lots of luck. He is a colossus. I have 35 of the collected volumes and more of his writings keep appearing--for which I am always grateful. This is one of them. It is satisfying glimpse of seminal theological ideas of Chesterton...which makes it well worth while. The transcendental gems of GKC are abundant and as illuminating as ever. One keeps asking, Why could I not have thought that too? The answer: Because I am not a genius for geniuses. The concept of paradox (GKC's tour de force)gives new insights, magnificent and monstrous: You realize that the old lasciviousness of nuns and the endemic shiftiness of Jesuits are now joined with the pedophilia of priests, while liberal imperialists, especially liberal press&media types, are undeniably worse in all categories! Meanwhile, the Church, almost always alone, remains surrounded by unprincipled hysterical enemies offended that the Church tells them (How dare she!), with irrefutable reason, how they are wrong in their dogmatic promotion of non-being whatever its form; and then, insulted and insulting, the Church haters are even more offended that the Church calls them on their sins exhorting them to Love as the only organization promoting LOVE--not anything goes love, but transcendental love--Truth Oneness Good and Beauty. How dare she do that too! The book is a great read giving an illuminating reminder of the Catholic Capital on which even our secularized culture still depends whether realized or not.
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A book in one hand, a dictionary in the other25 Jan 2011
Jeffrey V LeMaster
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Known for his "Father Brown" mysteries, G. K. Chesterton applied his witty pen to Christian apologetics, seeing the experience of joy in the midst of any situation as the greatest argument for the existence of God. His was the simple call to wonder: "at the back of our brains ... there was a forgotten blaze or burst of astonishment at our own existence."
"Joy is the reaction to the fact that there should be such a thing as existence at all." (Nichols describing Chesterton's apologetic.) Chesterton appeals to the intelligentsia and to us all to cast aside our age-encrusted pride, and accept - with the simplicity of a child - the awe and wonder of God and the joy of existence itself.
I received this book free from Sophia Institute Press as part of their blogger review program.