Wednesday, March 13, 2013

GK Chesterton on Heresy

I started going through GK Chesterton's Heretics last night, and found it hilarious and brilliant. My first real exposure to Chesterton was reading about his debate with a prominent atheist, in which he claimed that the shadows of Christ throughout the ages not only do not prove the falsity of the Christian claim, but that they definitively do prove the truth. Great stuff.

Anyways, here are a few passages that jumped out at me.

"...but will any one say that there are any men stronger than those men of old who were dominated by their philosophy and steeped in their religion? Whether bondage be better than freedom may be discussed. But that their bondage came to more than our freedom it will be difficult for any one to deny."
And

"Blasphemy is an artistic effect, because blasphemy depends upon a philosophical conviction. Blasphemy depends upon belief and is fading with it. If any one doubts this, let him sit down seriously and try to think blasphemous thoughts about Thor. I think his family will find him at the end of the day in a state of some exhaustion."

I'm looking forward to the rest of the book.
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