Orthodoxy

I finally got around to reading G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. I have seen this book quoted about as much as any other book.  Once you read the book, you understand why everyone quotes it.  I had to keep interrupting my own reading to read sections to my wife as I was going through this book.  Chesterton has a wit and a way of expressing complex truth that is just a joy to read.  This book is a book about apologetics, but it is unlike almost any other book you will come across.  The book does not attempt to prove Christianity but it presents Chesterton’s own reasons for believing.  There are a few things that I really liked about this book.  I liked how Chesterton’s own conversion was not from reading Christian apologetics but rather reading atheistic criticisms of Christianity and seeing how they lacked consistency.  I also really liked how he described Christianity in terms of a man from England setting out on a journey and accidently rediscovering England, thinking he was in some far and exotic land.  Christianity is the place of both adventure and comfort.  Finally I like the full title of this book.  It is really called Orthodoxy: The Romance of Faith.  To many people, orthodoxy sounds rather boring.  Yet, Chesterton presents orthodoxy and something exciting and joy-filled.  Even though this book was written one hundred years ago, it is quite timeless and has much to say about current atheistic attacks on Christianity.  I highly recommend this book.

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2 thoughts on “Orthodoxy”

  1. Okay – This book has been sitting on my shelf for a year now – I’m currently reading Barth’s “Evangelical Theology” but you’ve inspired me to take a break from Barth and read Chesterton. Thanks!

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