"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. It was the kingdoms of the world and the police and the judges who were heretics. He was orthodox. He had no pride in having rebelled against them; they had rebelled against him. The armies with their cruel security, the kings with their cold faces, the decorous processes of State, the reasonable processes of law - all these like sheep had gone astray. The man was proud of being orthodox, was proud of being right. If he stood alone in a howling wilderness he was more than a man; he was a church. He was the centre of the universe; it was round him that the stars swung. All the tortures torn out of forgotten hells could not make him admit that he was heretical. 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 round for applause. The word heresy not only means no longer being wrong; it practically means being clear-headed and courageous. The word orthodoxy not only no longer means being right; it practically means being wrong. 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." - Gilbert K. Chesterson
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Favorite genres: fantasy, science, philosophy, and theology.
GKC is amazing as he goes through various unhealthy and inhumane ways of thinking. He is the master of sanity. There is a Word document I filled with my favorite quotes from this book and his Orthodoxy. Now that I've finished both, I will definitely listen to Everlasting Man.
The narrator is pretty good too. It's a very enjoyable listen.
Favorite categories are: classics, history (especially WWII), literary horror, science fiction, and Catholic theology.
It's an astute book of Catholic philosophy and apologetics, on par with his better known works, "Orthodoxy" and "The Everlasting Man", but shorter.
Not a story, but his metaphors and thought experiments are interesting and engaging.
The performance is where this recording really suffers. Ulf Bjorklund speaks in a clipped Scandinavian accent with some confusing pauses and mis-chosen points of emphasis. The words themselves are very clearly spoken and there is no mispronunciation, but often the reading is very flat, as if he spent all his prep time for the recording making sure the words were spoken clearly, but without knowing what they were trying to convey. Imagine if Christopher Walken were reading a book on quantum physics.
worth listening to for the content, but the narrator is going to make you work that much harder for your understanding.
Wooden reading and weird mispronunciations. Luckily, G.K. Chesterton is amazing. Interesting character sketches of the early 20th c, still applicable!
Anglican priest, teacher, speaker, and writer
The reader has little inflection and repeatedly mispronounces words throughout the recording. If this is the best the publisher can offer, they should close up shop.
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