26 February 2011

Orthodoxy Review

OrthodoxyOrthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The argumentation in many sections of this book seems to come out of right field (yes, that's right), but it oh so nicely lands on target on his point.

The references to Quakerism (The Inner Light) and Buddhism were very apropos as well as his pity of the moderns. To him, pre-modern civilization is justifiably seen as the reincarnation of pre-"Christendom" (he doesn't use "pre-modern", only "modern").

His treatise on original sin is more expounded upon than in his St. Francis of Assisi that digs out and deepens my understanding of the doctrine.

He really does lay down the case that Christian orthodoxy is more liberating than the modern notion of freedom.

As I have said before with Chesterton's St. Francis of Assisi, Chesterton is supposedly hard to read, but I found that this is not the case with this book either. It's too bad that people don't read Chesterton as much as CS Lewis (as I have seen) since Chesterton really hits his points with real panache.

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