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on 3 August 2017
A book that gave us C.S Lewis Narnia series. If you read this book with an open mind it will change your world. The first couple of chapters are difficult but stick with it. A brilliant mind from such a humble man. As stated earlier, it changed the course of CS Lewis who also had a brilliant mind. The book cuts through the smoke and mirrors of religion. It is a book I will constantly refer back to, reread and then read again. I would urge people to read it but start it with an open mind and good intentions. A STAR of a book.
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VINE VOICEon 24 October 2009
Orthodoxy is a work wit and exuberance. I wouldn't have discovered it if it hadn't been for Phillip Yancey's excellent chapter on him in his book `Soul Survivor.' So I was pleased to learn that Mr Yancey has written an introduction to a new edition (although not the one I read). Yancey praises Chesterton's childlike wonder and love of life, and indeed this does shine through the pages of `Orthodoxy.' But there is also an intellectual toughness and rigour that holds the hand of the child's wonder.
The opening chapters show Chesterton dismantling what he saw as the heresies of the time: materialism, nihilism, and existentialism. He's done this before in his work `Heresies,' and he explains in his first chapter that `Orthodoxy' is a response to a criticism that in `Heresies' he attacks other systems of thought but does not state his own.
But first, he lays into the heresies with gusto, and his deconstruction of them is charged by the passion of his abhorrence with what he sees as the harm and potential harm of them - nothing less that the "suicide of thought" and a route to individual and corporate madness. There a relevance to this too when one reviews the resurgent scientific fundamentalism of our own day. It would be great to read a Chestertonian response to "The God Delusion!"
Chesterton goes on to trace the roots of his own faith in his intuitions of the world as a child, and how the truths in fairy stories point to wider spiritual truths. He then develops his arguments to describe how his Orthodox Catholic faith is the best rebuttal to the heresies of his day, and why the Christian faith alone gives universal satisfaction to the problems of existence.
Sometimes the breathless pace of his prose and the rapid fire deployment of argument, logic and wit cause his ideas to pile up to the point where they sometimes exhausted this reader. But staying with it will communicate the zest for intellectual combat, the sheer gift of living and its rootedness in God that Chesterton burns to tell us.
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on 22 July 2014
What can I say? Forget the slightly archaic (yet beautiful) prose, this is as fresh today as when it was written. Perhaps moreso. In a modern world where haste is only exceeded by shallowness, Orthodoxy still radiates an anchoring wisdom.
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on 19 March 2016
If you are interested in Christian Orthodox church it is worth a read. It many churches today we miss out on so much of the richness of what it means to be the church, so if you longing for something more to your faith then allow God to take you on a journey with Him through the eyes of Orthodoxy
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on 21 December 2016
GKC was the greatest Christian thinker of the century and this book simply and accessibly presents a compelling and convincing case for Christianity.
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on 23 February 2018
Prompt delivery. Item as described
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on 27 September 2017
Chesterton is excellent, though I am sure not to everybody's taste! This edition is an excellent production, quality paper with good margins if you wish to annotate as you read.
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on 25 August 2014
This is a classic and remains still highly relevant culturally. Parts are prophetic. The only thing the author did not expect is the contemporary decay of the western parliamentary system. GKCh§s
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on 10 July 2015
This is a book that lingers in your mind so that even when you have finished it the concepts colour the way you view reality today. I found it a challenging read but worth it.
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on 10 April 2018
Even if in some places his style gets dull, the brilliance of his metaphors, paradoxes and general mirth are not to be missed.
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