Written in 1908
This work is in the Public Domain
ISBN 13: 978-0-9791276-6-3
Chapter 1… Introduction in Defence of Everything Else
Chapter 2… The Maniac
Chapter 3… The Suicide of Thought
Chapter 4… The Ethics of Elfland
Chapter 5… The Flag of the World
Chapter 6… The Paradoxes of Christianity
Chapter 7… The Eternal Revolution
Chapter 8… The Romance of Orthodoxy
Chapter 9… Authority and the Adventurer
Index [based on the edition published here]
The wit and wisdom of Gilbert K. Chesterton continues to astonish new readers. Presented as his ‘spiritual autobiography,’ this monumental work shows just how clearly Mr. Chesterton anticipated future developments in philosophy as well as how Christianity would continue to resonate with individual seekers. Atheism, materialism, modernism… still lack the romance embodied in Christianity. This edition includes an index to help run down the memorable quotes you recall Chesterton said, but not where he said it.
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Suzeteo Enterprises (September 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979127661
- ISBN-13: 978-0979127663
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
This book is meant to be a companion to “Heretics,” and to put the positive side in addition to the negative. Many critics complained of the book called “Heretics” because it merely criticised current philosophies without offering any alternative philosophy. This book is an attempt to answer the challenge. It is unavoidably affirmative and therefore unavoidably autobiographical. The writer has been driven back upon somewhat the same difficulty as that which beset Newman in writing his Apologia; he has been forced to be egotistical only in order to be sincere. While everything else may be different the motive in both cases is the same. It is the purpose of the writer to attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian Faith can be believed, but of how he personally has come to believe it. The book is therefore arranged upon the positive principle of a riddle and its answer. It deals first with all the writer’s own solitary and sincere speculations and then with all the startling style in which they were all suddenly satisfied by the Christian Theology. The writer regards it as amounting to a convincing creed. But if it is not that it is at least a repeated and surprising coincidence.
Gilbert K. Chesterton.
Dedicated to my mother.