- Title: Heretics
- Author: G.K. Chesterton
- ISBN: 9780486449142
- Page: 346
- Format: Paperback
G K Chesterton, the Prince of Paradox, is at his witty best in this collection of twenty essays and articles from the turn of the twentieth century Focusing on heretics those who pride themselves on their superiority to Christian views Chesterton appraises prominent figures who fall into that category from the literary and art worlds Luminaries such as RudyardG K Chesterton, the Prince of Paradox, is at his witty best in this collection of twenty essays and articles from the turn of the twentieth century Focusing on heretics those who pride themselves on their superiority to Christian views Chesterton appraises prominent figures who fall into that category from the literary and art worlds Luminaries such as Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw, H G Wells, and James McNeill Whistler come under the author s scrutiny, where they meet with equal measures of his characteristic wisdom and good humor.In addition to incisive assessments of well known individuals Mr Rudyard Kipling and Making the World Small and Mr H G Wells and the Giants , these essays contain observations on the wider world On Sandals and Simplicity, Science and the Savages, On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family, On Smart Novelists and the Smart Set, and Slum Novelists and the Slums reflect the main themes of Chesterton s life s work Heretics roused the ire of some critics for censuring contemporary philosophies without providing alternatives the author responded a few years later with a companion volume, Orthodoxy Sardonic, jolly, and generous, both books are vintage Chesterton.He is criticizing those who hold incomplete and inadequate views about life, the universe, and everything He is, in short, criticizing all that host of non Christian views of reality, as he demonstrated in his follow up book Orthodoxy The book is both an easy read and a difficult read But he manages to demonstrate, among other things, that our new 21st century heresies are really not new because he himself deals with most of them.
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Chesterton, let's face it, is thematically ataxic. He can't keep to one idea; in the words of an acquaintance of mine, he sidesteps issues by making sense. Reading Orthodoxy was an experience analogous to hearing an inebriated genius swerve through celestial ideas. The book's only lack is that its subject demands a structure it doesn't provide. Heretics is a different story. Here Chesterton is truest to his form. He's free to roam the world of his improvised ideas as he surveys what he considers [...]
Heresy means a belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine and so a heretic would be a person holding such a belief or opinion. It’s a word we don’t use or hear much anymore, probably because we are afraid of certainty in religion. We prefer ‘tolerance’. This trend was gaining ground in Chesteron’s day. (Wouldn’t you love to hear what he would have to say about our world today?!) Heretics, I was surprised to read in this excellent lecture article [...]
4.5 StarsThe Oxford English DictionaryHeretic: nouna person believing in or practising religious heresy. a person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.Heretics is by G.K. Chesterton's own admission, a work that merely serves to point out the 'heresies' contained within the popular veins of thought surrounding him in society. It seems odd that such a word as 'heretic' could be applied to what is popular, when it is known that heresy normally tends to be the opinion against p [...]
Within a very short length of time, Chesterton went from "a famous writer I'll get around to reading one of these days" to "that writer I'm always bringing in to conversations and trying to get other people to read," and this bundled edition of Heretics & Orthodoxy is largely at fault.Orthodoxy is the better book of the two, by far, but Heretics lays extremely helpful groundwork for it: Heretics is more work to read and understand, but it can be valued by its own weight and your investment p [...]
Philosophy in the Edwardian Age7 March 2016 This is one of those books that has so much in it that it is literally impossible to cover in a single review. Okay, I probably could do it but the review would be incredibly long and I would probably end up repeating everything Chesterton said in the book, but then again a lot of my reviews end up being a short rehash of what the author said anyway. I guess the reason that I do this is because even if everybody who reads this review puts the book onto [...]
I'm just finishing this book for the third or fourth time. Chesterton blows my little mind. He has such wonderful insight into what it is to be human. I think of him as a humanist that was a Christian. One of my favorite lines in this book is that "what is valuable and lovable in our eyes is man--the old beer-drinking, creed-making, fighting, failing, sensual, respectable man." For Chesterton, man is incurably an idealist, a romantic, a thinking, feeling, paradoxical being. However, what is most [...]
G.K. Chesterton was such a genius. He blows my mind repeatedly in his books, and gets me thinking about things in a completely different light from that which I am used to thinking about them. Amazing. Here are the greatest hits from this book, at least as far as I'm concerned:-- For with the removal of all question of merit or payment, the soul is suddenly released for incredible voyages.-- And this gay humility, this holding of ourselves lightly and yet ready for an infinity of unmerited trium [...]
No review by me could even remotely begin to do justice to the wit and wisdom in GK Chesterton's book Heretics.I read this book at the recommendation of my son, Alan. I'm glad he encouraged me – strongly, I might add – to read Heretics. Next, I will read Orthodoxy.Although Chesterton wrote in a different time and on a different continent, his words have strong application for what we are facing today with postmodernism, pluralism, and a new kind of religion called tolerance, which is really [...]
This book contains some really fascinating ideas, but it also has some really confusing ones. It would have helped if I had a more thorough understanding of the philosophies of Chesterton’s day. Also, I’m looking forward to reading Orthodoxy which might explain some of what I read here. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but when reading Chesterton you have to remember that he is primarily a philosopher not a theologian. However, here are some of the ideas which I thought were particularly thought [...]
Not as good as Orthodoxy, but, then, nothing is as good as Orthodoxy. It's better than most anything else though.
Chesterton was a jovial, good-natured man, known for his raucous laughter and his love for naps and good beer. But Chesterton was also criticized for his joy, particularly criticized for how many jokes he made at his opponents’ expense. Heretics exhibits that style of jovial criticism, as in its pages Chesterton contests the philosophies and the philosophers of his day, but does so with wit and flair.The chapters of this book are each devoted to a different writer or thinker of Chesterton’s [...]
This was the first book I read from Chesterton and I have to admit that, even though it was a bit difficult to follow, I found it genius. It is very difficult to classify this book, but I believe it is a great source of criticism to some modern addictions such as progress, beauty, democracy and anti-religion. I liked it very much by the fact that he manages to criticize in a very respectful and objective way. He destroys the ideals of several important novelists and philosophers by using charact [...]
His best essay collection where he discusses ideas of his contemporaries. This makes you realize how modern public intellectual debates and whatnot are completely vapid compared to the lively discussion of early 20th century England where you had people like Chesterton, Kipling, Bernard Shaw, Wells, Belloc and a few others being what Dawkins and Lane Craig are today. Ye old days were at least in this much more interesting.
Review title: Life is always a novelIn the decades since his death, I imagine Mr. Chesterton has been bounding about Heaven in an unfeigned energy of pure virginal (his term) faith and and delight in its wonders, perhaps trading epigrams with Oscar Wilde (who would not be the only forgiven sinner in Paradise) in joyous competition, and quoting with delight the words of that new young songwriter Jimmy Buffett "the more we learn the less we know."OK, perhaps not, but after reading thousands of boo [...]
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.Chesterton has a fairly predictable writing style: first he writes something that sounds completely wrong; then he explains it; and then he writes a short pithy phrase that makes it obvious what he was really talking about. For example, that “The evil of militarism is not that it shows certain men to be fierce and haughty and excessively warlike. The evil of militarism is that it shows most men [...]
(English level -9999 sorry -_- )Being a Heretic is not something to be proud of, but being a Heretic doesn't make someone disrespectable. Going through the different meanings of Heresy, Chesterton, studies, a group of the most famous men of literature of his time, as well as many of what used to be, I guess, serious problematics at the time. Being a Heretic is being wrong, according to Chesterton's point of view, which is very Christian, very Liberal and very Imperialist. But,the good thing, is [...]
I'm not sure even where to begin in trying to review this book. My friend, Christopher H, nailed it (as he usually does). So, dear reader, if you're out there, I highly recommend you read his review.I'm taking the liberty of adding this bit of ridiculous speculation. It occurred to me as I was driving to work this morning, that if G. K. Chesterton had been born a Baby Boomer, his favorite British band would be the Kinks and his favorite Kink's song "Waterloo Sunset." Now that I've got that out [...]
This is a work of literary criticism.I've read a great many pieces of lit crit where the author is kinda confused, and criticizing a work as if disagreeing with the critic were a literary flaw. Chesterton is not confused. He lays it out in the opening that he is chiefly concerned with the authors as Heretics -- those who disagreed with him. (He ridiculed the notion of calling one's self a heretic. Everyone ought to regard himself as a sterling example of orthodoxy by the principles he preached.) [...]
To explain my review. The concepts in the book aren't all that bad, I'm really just not a fan of the constant use of paradox and empty maxims. It was a fairly grueling read in that it was unnecessarily full of these fillers. However, there were some genuine gems in here, and the book got relatively better heading towards the later chapters. Here are some quotes that I quite enjoyed:"It is a sufficient proof that we are not an essentially democratic state that we are always wondering what we shal [...]
My favorite line from this book, which made me laugh and laugh was in the chapter on certain modern writers and the institution of the family, Chesterton says, "The best way that a man could test his readiness to encounter the common variety of mankind would be to climb down a chimney into any house at random, and get on as well as possible with the people inside. And that is essentially what each one of us did on the day that he was born." Chesterton is hysterical. Although there were a few cha [...]
New Year's morning and early afternoon coming off of the kaleidoscopic Rasputin journey with some early Chesterton I'd been meaning to get my hands on for some time. America is raving in colisseums, in front of TV sets, in overpriced city bars. I take some notes on my books in the country, breathe, make another coffee and chip away at this tower of texts, rebuilding my library.
The book that made me a Chesterton fan, wherein he lampoons a variety of contemporaries and near-contemporaries, and in the process reveals his life-affirming, fantastical, yet level-headed theology.
Prince of paradox I've seen Mr. Chesterton described as. Yes, that description fits. He is however also a fine author/writer (I know, that sounds a lot like him). There are plenty of times though where to one who believes in Christianity, as I do, that he makes sense. There are also more than enough times where he comes across as a babbling idiot who does not seem to fully understand the subject he is on.His basic theories seem to me to be fairly right on, but when he feels like he needs to expl [...]
Finally I get to complete Chesterton in English. It was challenging for me, more so not having read more than half of the books referred here. After I finish the Everlasting Man, I will read him just in Spanish. He is so complex, yet when he defends his positions he is very clear and objective. The last paragraph is really shocking as it is a prediction of what we are living now and all the absurdity of bigotry. Will search his orthodoxy book now.
An avalanche of paradoxes, quotable on almost every page.
A common hesitation in our day touching the use of extreme convictions is a sort of notion that extreme convictions specially upon cosmic matters, have been responsible in the past for the thing which is called bigotry. But a very small amount of direct experience will dissipate this view. In real life the people who are most bigoted are the people who have no convictions at all. The economists of the Manchester school who disagree with Socialism take Socialism seriously. It is the young man in [...]
Well.Heretics was my first experience with G.K. Chesterton. And it was a grueling one. Reading this book was an experience in attrition. I trudged through it, picking it up and down, up and down. Though I finished it with an inner fanfare and “Hurrah!!”, I simply could not get into the subject matter. Heretics takes a look at prominent figures in Chesterton's days from his perspective and their views and philosophies on things. I think the title is a misnomer because he doesn't speak of thes [...]
This is a re-read for me, though it has been over thirty years since I first encountered it. G. K. Chesterton makes the point that the most important thing about a person is his philosophy, whether it is spurious or sustaining. "We think that for a general about to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy's numbers, but still more important to know the enemy's philosophy. We think the question is not whether the theory of the cosmos affects matters, but whether, in the long run, anythin [...]
When GK Chesterton wrote his two books of modern theological opinion, he dedicated them to the two opposing principles of faith. On the one hand is "Orthodoxy", the purity of the faith, and on the other hand are the "Heretics", the ones who disturb the purity of the faith. In this volume, Chesterton deals with the latter, while he deals with the former in his other book, aptly titled "Orthodoxy".So when this book came out, one would have thought that Chesterton was going to write about the great [...]
I'll be honest, I don't often understand Chesterton. And when I do, it's because I took the time to reread a passage over and over. Heretics was definitely like that. A constant effort to follow Chesterton's train of thought and parse through the words to get at what he is saying.And I'd say half the essays in here, I still don't fully understand. Sometimes I wasn't sure what the idea Chesterton was railing against was; sometimes I didn't understand Chesterton's opposition or argument. Sometimes [...]
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