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Orthodoxy

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, 1908
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Orthodoxy is Chesterton’s most well-known work. First published 100 years ago and reprinted ever since, Orthodoxy is a classic work that is part memoir, part apologetic. It exhibits Chesterton at his finest—a combination of literary wit, theological acumen, and pointed cultural critic.

Orthodoxy has become a classic, taking its place on the shelves of thinking Christians beside Augustine’s Confession and C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity. His goals for Orthodoxy are simple: “I have attempted in a vague and personal way, in a set of mental pictures rather than in a series of deductions, to state the philosophy in which I have come to believe. I will not call it my philosophy; for I did not make it. God and humanity made it; and it made me.” He sharply criticizes the prevailing secular understanding of truth while documenting the genesis of his own spiritual journey. Throughout, Chesterton comments on the intellectual giants of his day—H.G. Wells, Walt Whitman, Arthur Schopenhauer, and George Bernard Shaw.

You can also purchase the print edition of Heretics and Orthodoxy: Two Volumes in One.

Top Highlights

“The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.” (Page 32)

“Poetry is sane because it floats easily in an infinite sea; reason seeks to cross the infinite sea, and so make it finite. The result is mental exhaustion, like the physical exhaustion of Mr. Holbein. To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain. The poet only desires exaltation and expansion, a world to stretch himself in. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits.” (Page 29)

“ I will not call it my philosophy; for I did not make it. God and humanity made it; and it made me.” (Page 14)

“I did try to found a heresy of my own; and when I had put the last touches to it, I discovered that it was orthodoxy.” (Page 19)

“How can we contrive to be at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it?” (Page 15)

Chesterton’s Orthodoxy [is] one of my favorite books. I think it’s the only book I have read more than twice (except for the Bible).

John Piper

In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere—‘Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,’ as Herbert says, ‘fine nets and stratagems.’ God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.

—C. S. Lewis

[My] greatest influence in writing was G. K. Chesterton, who never used a useless word, who saw the value of a paradox, and avoided what was trite.

—Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

  • Title: Orthodoxy
  • Author: G. K. Chesterton
  • Publisher: John Lane
  • Print Publication Date: 1908
  • Logos Release Date: 2010
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Apologetics
  • Resource ID: LLS:ORTHODOXY
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-06-05T20:04:26Z
G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) was an English author of various works, including his famous Orthodoxy. He worked at the Redway and T. Fisher Unwin publishing house until 1902, when he began writing regularly. His weekly columns appeared for decades in the Daily News and The Illustrated London News. In all, he wrote more than 80 books, hundreds of poems, 200 short stories, and 4,000 essays.

Among his other writings are biographies of St. Aquinas, the Father Brown detective stories, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, and The Man Who Was Thursday. His famous Orthodoxy and several other titles including Heretics can be found in the G. K. Chesterton Collection (11 vols.).

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    Hanson

    10/11/2020

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    Jared Brooks

    4/24/2020

    An absolute masterpiece!
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    Park Joseph

    10/18/2016

    this book gives you very good insight.
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