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Orthodoxy, as author G. K. Chesterton employs the term here, means "right opinion." In this, the masterpiece of his brilliant literary career, Chesterton applies the concept of correct reasoning to his acceptance of Christian faith. Written in a down-to-earth and familiar style, Orthodoxy nevertheless presents formal, scholarly arguments. Paradox and contradiction, Chesterton maintains, do not constitute barriers to belief; imagination and intuition are as relevant to the processes of thought and understanding as logic and rationality. He defines his insights with thought-provoking analogies, personal anecdotes, and engaging humor, making his century-old book a work of enduring charm and persuasion. Unabridged republication of the classic 1908 edition.
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G K Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England, in 1874. He went on to study art at the Slade School, and literature at University College in London. Chesterton wrote a great deal of poetry, as well as works of social and literary criticism. Among his most notable books are The Man Who Was Thursday, a metaphysical thriller, and The Everlasting Man, a history of humankind's spiritual progress. After Chesterton converted to Catholicism in 1922, he wrote mainly on religious topics such as Orthodoxy and Heretics. Chesterton is most known for creating the famous priest-detective character Father Brown, who first appeared in The Innocence of Father Brown. Chesterton died in 1936 at the age of 62.
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Chesteron is an engaging author and well worth the read! Once you've read Orthodoxy (or some of his other books), you'll understand the influence he had on C S Lewis in style and thought. Orthodoxy is a sharp and witty engagement with contemporary issues and Chesterton's own formation of beliefs. His style may surprise some - it's not down-the-line systematics - but it's incredibly thought-provoking and full of wonderful aphorisms. Much of the issues he engages with are still relevant in many ways today. Perhaps the biggest hurdle in reading 'Orthodoxy' is navigating Chesterton's references to contemporary authors and thinkers with whom you may not be familiar. I still found it cohesive and captivating.