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The Thing

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Sheed & Ward; New cheap ed edition (1931)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00089PJGI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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By C. Hawkes TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2012
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G.K. Chesterton's output in the field of literature is prolific and well-known; his Father Brown stories are still read and loved today. Unlike C.S.Lewis, who claimed to have "smuggled Christianity" in his novels, Chesterton's philosophic take on Christianity s often explicit in his writing.

In The Thing: Why I am a Catholic, however,Chesterton writes personally (and episodically) about his Christian beliefs and his decision to enter the Catholic Church - and philosophically about the implications of his Catholicism in his own life and his world view.

Whether Christian or not, any reader interested in an empirical discussion about the relationship between belief and behaviour will find this thought-provoking. And, being by GKC, it is of course intelligently written. It is a fixture in my Kindle collection.
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Another of G.K. Chesterton's excellent collections, this one entitled 'The Thing', published in 1929. It has 35 enjoyable and thought provoking papers:

1. Introduction

2. The Sceptic As Critic

3. Is Humanism A Religion?

4. The Drift From Domesticity

5. Logic And Lawn Tennis

6. Obstinate Orthodoxy

7. The Usual Article

8. Why I Am A Catholic

9. What Do They Think?

10. The Mask Of The Agnostic

11. The Early Bird In History

12. Protestantism: A Problem Novel

13. A Simple Thought

14. The Call To The Barbarians

15. On The Novel With A Purpose

16. The Revolt Against Ideas

17. The Feasts And The Ascetic

18. Who Are The Conspirators?

19. The Hat And The Halo

20. On Two Allegories

21. The Protestant Superstitions

22. On Courage And Independence

23. The Nordic Hindoo

24. Spiritualist Looks Back

25. The Roots Of Sanity

26. Some Of Our Errors

27. The Slavery Of The Mind

28. Inge Versus Barnes

29. What We Think About

30. The Optimist As A Suicide

31. The Outline Of The Fall

32. The Idols Of Scotland

33. If They Had Believed

34. Peace And The Papacy

35. The Spirit Of Christmas
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Who else, apart from Cardinal Newman or CS Lewis is better for being a proponent of Catholicism. This book is written in plain, easily understandable English, and with conviction.
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I am still struggling to find out why Chesterton was a Catholic - this is a motley collection of essays written in a very wordy style that often loses the point along the way. The articles are very, very much based in his time with many references to people and views that mean nothing to the modern reader but which aren't explained because, at the time he was writing, everyone understood.
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When most of us would use one word,Chesterton uses five. So he seems to take forever to make his point. Nevertheless worth reading as he does make many a good observation and some truly interesting arguments. Witty too.
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Chesterton brought his considerable intellect to bear on his exposition of his beliefs,but he never lost friends or the respect of those
who were on the other side of the argument.
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I find Mr Chesterton a little too verbose for my liking. Perhaps it's my lack of understanding.

It seems to me that he is in the middle of an argument with some others of whom I do not know. I realise of course that he is defending the catholic faith against some ridicule or other but, until I actually know the argument it leaves e with a constant question mark. Again this may be due to own lack of knowledge on the subject
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