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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Roman Catholic View of History, 1 May 1999
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This review is from: Everlasting Man (Paperback)
Chesterton is an old familiar name, and The Everlating Man, one of his better works. At first blush then there would appear to be no need, or at least a great need, to review this fine book. Yet, the Roman Catholic Church itself has fallen into error, and even heresy since Vatican II, and therefore 'The Everlasting Man' is a far greater book now than when it was published, because it presents the genuine viewpoint of Catholocism, not the 'feelgood' view so popular today. For those unfamiliar with the tumultuous controversy within the Catholic Church today, it must suffice that the Vatican quite literally abandoned the idea of objective truth as a doctrine, and replaced that doctrine with subjective truth. Everything is a point of view, we are told, because truth expands as man matures. Now, for Chesterton, a truth is a truth, and no comment on a truth, will stop a truth from remaining a truth. Therefore throughout the history of the Church, a doctrine, no matter how popular,no matter how well received, is always overthrown, when it is false. The magic of this book is reading of historical events with this point of view in the background. The rise of Islam and its defeat in Europe, the Arian heresy etc. But the important point of the book today is this: Though the Vatican II Church appears impregnantable, it will fail, and if history is a guide, it will fail rather quickly. For any Catholic who wishes to understand the genuine Catholic viewpoint, and therefore understand through implication the mistakes of Vatican II, this is the book to buy.
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Initial post: 21 Dec 2008 10:35:43 GMT
Try and use Chesterton's name for something else. Chesterton presents the case for Christianity, not Catholicism or any one denomination for that matter. Indeed he became a catholic much longer after his christian conversion. That is why he exters immense influence accross the whole spectrum of denominations, as well as non-christians.

Posted on 5 Jun 2011 19:30:46 BDT
A. Roberts says:
Where on earth have you got the idea that the Catholic Church, post Vatican II has opted for subjectivity over and against objective truth? This is simply not the case and reading documents from Vatican II, also what Pope Benedict XVI says and has written about relativity would clear up this misunderstanding?
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