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Orthodoxy (Tantor Audio & eBook Classics) [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

G. K. Chesterton , John Lee
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21 Mar 2011 Tantor Audio & eBook Classics

'Why anyone would pick up a book with that formidable title eludes me,' writes Philip Yancey of G. K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy. 'But one day I did so and my faith has never recovered. I was experiencing a time of spiritual dryness in which everything seemed stale, warmed over, lifeless. Orthodoxy brought freshness and, above all, a new spirit of adventure.'

'We direly need another Chesterton today, I think. In a time when culture and faith have drifted even further apart, we could use his brilliance, his entertaining style, and above all his generous and joyful spirit. He managed to propound the Christian faith with as much wit, good humour and sheer intellectual force as anyone in this century.'

Since its first publication in 1908, this classic work has represented a pivotal step in the adoption of a credible faith by many other Christian thinkers, including C. S. Lewis. Written as a spiritual autobiography, it stands as a remarkable and inspirational apologetic for Christianity.

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (21 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452651337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452651330
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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"One of the top 10 Christian books of the 20th century," - Christianity Today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Philip Yancey's 'desert island book'! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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Portly, fun loving, witty G.K. Chesterton decided to write this book as a companion volume to his book HERETICS. Since HERETICS had criticised contemporary philosophies, ORTHODOXY was written to present an alternative viewpoint, and is therefore both affirmative in tone and autobiographical in many places. A sampling of his chapter titles gives some idea of Chesterton's sense of fun as well as his unusual approach to the matter of Christianity. Chapter one is "In Defense of Everything Else" (one pictures Chesterton with a whimsical, impish smile on his face as he wrote this). There are also chapters on "The Suicide of Thought", "The Ethics of Elfland" (a really superb chapter), "The Maniac", and "The Paradoxes of Christianity". In this easily readable book (only 160 pages in the small paperback edition), Chesterton shows that theological reflections and philosophical ruminations need be neither boring nor incomprehensible. This was jolly good fun to read, being both funny and intellectually stimulating. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orthodoxy and democracy 23 Jan 1998
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G. K. Chesterton's book "Orthodoxy" argues forcefully that democratic reforms and revolutions must be founded on a fixed ideal, that the false concept of "progress" impedes real progress, that a doctrine of "Original Sin" is the only real basis for political equality, and many other things much worth thinking about. I highly recommend his chapters "The Suicide of Thought" and "The Ethics of Elfland" for a wonderful critique of modern philosophy. His style is superlative. Reading Chesterton is a joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read before you die 8 April 2009
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This is an extraordinary book, a definite `must read' before you die. I was expecting a sort of early version of C.S. Lewis, a robust defence of traditional Christianity. It is much more than that. Whereas Lewis gently takes you along with a persuasive argument, Chesterton pulls you into a room full of mirrors and out of the box thinking, not just in the paragraphs, but almost in every sentence there's an irony, a contradiction, a reflection saying something you don't quite expect. Take the opening sentence of Chapter Two, entitled, `The Maniac' - `Thoroughly worldly people never understand even the world; they rely all together on a few cynical maxims that are not true.' As he gets into the argument, the crackling irony continues. A worldly maxim is that the man who believes himself will go far, the truth: `The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums'. Of course he's right, all the way through, and even if you don't agree with him, the polemic is superb. In this chapter he establishes that materialism, the void, makes men mad, and what keeps people sane is mysticism, the irony that `man can understand everything by the help of what he does not understand'. Every chapter is like a glass of cold water in a desert, but probably the best was `The Ethics of Elfland' Again we start with mirrors - `The vision is always a fact. It is the reality that is often a fraud.' And so soon he is turning our clichéd way of thinking on its head by passionately arguing for fairy tales, superior both to religion and rationalism, `the sunny country of commonsense'. This is not just to do with the morals you get from the tales, but that they are more accurate in their observations than science. The answer to both why eggs turn to birds, and Cinderella's mice to horses is the same: magic. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars FRUSTRATINGLY GOOD 30 Jan 2004
By Michael JR Jose VINE VOICE
Chesterton's books often defy reviewing and 'Orthodoxy' is probably the prime instance of the class. The dilemma is how to praise it in a five-star mode, without burying it for its faults—I not being a skilled panegyrist or spin doctor. So, the bad news first, and I hope you bear with me.
While it is fair to say that this is a very rewarding read in the long run, I admit that even as an avid and omnivorous reader it took me about five passes to feel I grasped all of it, and I would still approach an exam question on it with trepidation. It is also dated in places, but this is trivial. Chesterton is not so much a windbag, or really repetitious, but plain garrulous. He himself admits that this is 'a sort of slovenly autobiography', and that it details the intellectual and emotional path that brought him to the orthodoxy of the church and the Apostles' Creed in a 'set of pictures rather than a series of deductions'. Even worse, our genial genius says that he sets out to write all this personal history of theology and soul-forming for 'any average reader'. It is true. He uses very few difficult terms and technicalities. But you cannot study this like a textbook or read it like a novel, unless it be taken as on odd species of the stream of consciousness type. He does not so much write as think out loud on the paper. It requires that you absorb his meaning by a sort of spiritual osmosis. And of course to do that you have to open your heart as well as your mind, which implies considerable trust in the author. An element of humility helps, as well as some patience. Is that brainwashing? In no way: the whole time you have the option to disagree or stop reading. After all, (as he would say), it is only a book which enables you to meet the author by your own free will.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Orthodoxy for sure
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2.0 out of 5 stars Straw-man on Buddhism
Chesterton is a clever entertaining writer, who has a lot of interesting things to say about society and the ways of the world, but has a mistaken view of Buddhism: Jesus, like... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Thought-provoking
An interesting 'stumbled upon' gem. Written as though Chesterton were sitting having a cosy conversation with you, this book made me think about my past exposure to religion and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by millem
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but perhaps Rambles a Little
I did find this book helpful, however, I found his writing style a little hard to follow. I found he rambles a little. That isn't to say his writings are not intelligent. Read more
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I was delighted and surprised with how weird The Man Who Was Thursday turned out to be, having always thought of G. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece.
Brilliant and flawless: most useful for believers that want to review the main reasons behind the Faith in a very original and entertaining way.
Thank you G.K. Chesterton!
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by Marco Bonora
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