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If G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy: The Romance of Faith is, as he called it, a "slovenly autobiography," then we need more slobs in the world. This quirky, slender book describes how Chesterton came to view orthodox Catholic Christianity as the way to satisfy his personal emotional needs, in a way that would also allow him to live happily in society. Chesterton argues that people in western society need a life of "practical romance, the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure. We need so to view the world as to combine an idea of wonder and an idea of welcome." Drawing on such figures as Fra Angelico, George Bernard Shaw, and St. Paul to make his points, Chesterton argues that submission to ecclesiastical authority is the way to achieve a good and balanced life. The whole book is written in a style that is as majestic and down-to-earth as C.S. Lewis at his best. The final chapter, called "Authority and the Adventurer," is especially persuasive. It's hard to imagine a reader who will not close the book believing, at least for the moment, that the Church will make you free. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Whenever I feel my faith going dry again, I wander to a shelf and pick up a book by G. K. Chesterton." ---Philip Yancey --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
Glad to see this on Amazon/Kindle! Everyone who has ever loved Chesterton simply must read it. Over and over again.Published 20 months ago by Warren P.
This is a book I will read again and again. It is full of timeless wisdom, humor and was once called common sense.Published 20 months ago by Paul Van Caeseele
He has a great sense of humour to impart the truth in a way I would never have thought of. I highly recommend it.Published on Sept. 23 2013 by Blanche Crowder
I deeply respect the man's integrity and as a thinker. I hate to admit this but I think he's overrated as a writer. Read morePublished on March 1 2013 by Dmitri Martini
If you are looking to read one of the most gifted writers of the last century, then this is the place to start. I love G.K. Chesterton and this is, perhaps, his best work. Read morePublished on July 15 2012 by Brent Wiley
Chesterton was a gleefully confessed madman and a genius with language, but he's also very "Johnsonian" in his own way--and by that I mean that much like dear Dr. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Cherie Priest
A Catholic friend recommended "Orthodoxy" by way of trying to justify faith. While it is a very elegant and wittily written book, I can't say it meets that mark. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by Jerry Brito
I myself recently returned to the Catholic church, and I really wanted to like Chesterton's book. And I did *enjoy* it. His style is entertaining, and as a long-time C. S. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2003 by Evelyn Uyemura
After reading the first paragraph, I thought, "I wish I had written this book."
Chesterton has the gift of thought and the gift of expression, a rare commodity in the age of... Read more