. A serious attack against Christianity by well-known newspaper editor Robert Blatchford in 1903 impelled Chesterton to seize the gauntlet of refutation. His reply was immensely successful and was the early formation of his convincing credo that is so brilliantly and cogently argued in Orthodoxy, a masterwork that was published just five years later.
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Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.
I'd be lying if I said I can read Chesterton with ease. In truth, I listen to this book often, trying to follow the great GK Chesterton. His wit is unsurpassed. His confidence is inspiring.
For those new to Chesterton, this is a great place to start. He lays out his basic Christian philosophy in a way you will not find anywhere else. It is not a sermon--more like a highly literary and hilarious explanation of his "discovery" of truths that others had discovered thousands of years ago. Highly recommended for Christians and non-Christians alike--Chesterton is simply one of the funniest and most profound writers in the English language, and even if you come to disagree with his ultimate conclusions, you are guaranteed to enjoy hearing how he came to them. I think that were it not for the fact that many of his writings are at least partly religious in nature, he would be required reading in all schools. He's that good, and for the non-Christian, even for the committed atheist, this book is a must read/listen. You will enjoy it, it will give you new insight into why reasonable people can come to be Christians, and despite the title, you will not be annoyed by his idea of orthodoxy--it's quite different from the common meaning. The recording is excellent.
I like to listen to classic literature while I'm on the treadmill at the gym. The deep meaningful thoughts drown out the inane pop music.
Personally, my highest compliment given to a person is
This book is not a narrative with characters. Rather Mr. Chesterton is discussing his own experience of life, so he is the main character. I came to like him very much from what I heard.
Simon Vance is my favorite male reader. (Juliet Stevenson is my favorite female reader.) His voice and reading are wonderful, and especially impressive in C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce. Orthodoxy does not have a variety of characters to portray, but Mr. Vance's reading of it was very satisfying indeed.
The key feature of the audio edition is that I finally got around to reading it. For the sake of opportunity, it is
For certain, it is the modern-day applicability of it. Many things Chesterton talks about sound as if they were inspired by events of the last decade.
Chapter 4, The Ethics of Elfland, was least expected. Chesterton illustrates the wisdom infused in fairy tales.
To use a cliche, it is like
Of maybe half-dozen Audible books so far, this is by far the best performance I have heard. Simon Vance is sparkling and never misses a beat. He is crystal clear and makes Chesterton come alive.
I have been wanting to read this book for years and bought it from Audible to listen while I was driving. Unfortunately, I think I missed a lot of the wonderful content because of the way the Chesterton writes. Practically every sentence is a paradox that turns a common idea on its head. It requires more concentration than one (at least me) is able to give while driving. This is not a critique of the book, but of my powers to concentrate and still drive. I think I absorbed about 30% of the book. That just means that I will be listening to it again.
Great book. Big challenge. Worth it!
This is a book that has been recommended you me many times over the years. I finally broke down and listened to it expecting that I would fall in love with it quickly. Sadly I found I had to force myself to finish. Chesterton is first and foremost a journalist, very opinioned and clever but he is also a horrible philosopher. I am pretty sure he had never read most of the people he criticized as he misrepresents many of the things they said, and uses circular logic to defend his own position. He is great if you want to enjoy his clever wit, but don’t confuse this with real philosophy.
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