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Heretics

 

by G. K. Chesterton

a few thoughts

For myself, I am always blown away by the masterful arrangement of ideas seen in the works of G.K. Chesterton and his contemporary C.S. Lewis.  The content is good, very good. But be sure and notice the way in which the arguments are constructed. There is, I think, much value here. 

a truncated excerpt

"Nothing more strangely indicates an enormous and silent evil of modern society than the extraordinary use which is made nowadays of the word "orthodox." In former days the heretic was proud of not being a heretic. ... But a few modern phrases have made him boast of it. He says, with a conscious laugh, "I suppose I am very heretical," and looks around for applause. ... All this can mean one thing, and one thing only . It means that people care less for whether they are philosophically right. For obviously a man ought to confess himself crazy before he confesses himself heretical. The Bohemian, with a red tie, ought to pique himself on his orthodoxy. The dynamiter, laying a bomb, ought to feel that, whatever else he is, at least he is orthodox."  - from Heretics, chapter one, "Introductory Remarks on the Importance of Orthodoxy." 

 
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