Heretics (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) Paperback – 1 Jan 2006
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About the Author
Widely known as the "Prince of Paradox," G. K. Chesterton was one of the most influential English writers and thinkers of the 20th century. Chesterton's prodigious talents embraced a wide range of subjects, from philosophy and religion to detective fiction and fantasy. And while his writings are light and whimsical, they are filled with direct and honest truths.
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Of course, it would be true to say that the shadows cast by Chesterton's thoughts on these topics, put together, do make up a picture of his Christianity - a picture in negative.
For my part, in spite of the many clever and interesting ideas, a little of his prose style goes a long way. Though too facetious to be called sententious, there is no real lightness of touch. His is the deadly `humour' of the bachelor uncle trying to win over his nephews; not insincere, perhaps, but misapplied because he is unsure of his audience. His work is so larded with epigrams and paradoxes - like a rabbit in the headlights you feel them coming on, one after another - that it was described by TS Eliot as `exasperating to the last point of endurance'. Strangely, considering he claims to be extolling orthodoxy, Chesterton seems determined to find the unlikeliest-sounding opinion on every topic - in the same sort of way as the murderer in an Agatha Christie is always whichever character you would never (otherwise) have thought of.
Actually, though, he is not really extolling orthodoxy; not in the sense we usually understand it.Read more ›
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It is a great work by a great intellect and faithful Christian, sadly ruined by poor quality printing and errors. This is a shoddy piece of work and the great G.K. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Thirsty Fish
Perfectly adequate but not great. It has been presented with American spelling! It would have been written in English. Grrr!Published on 23 Aug. 2013 by John Moore