English: Author G.K. Chesterton August 12, 1904

English: Author G.K. Chesterton August 12, 1904 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’ve wondered why I tend to talk plenty about G.K. Chesterton around these parts, I’ve got a post over at The Gospel Coalition that riffs a little on Orthodoxy’s climax:

Chesterton never minimizes the reality of brokenness: his haunting poem on suicide makes it clear he tasted enough of the dark to know its power. To declare defiantly that the good is fundamental requires seeing and acknowledging the parasitic power of evil. But Chesterton’s cosmic and transcendental oath of patriotic affirmation demands that we acknowledge that the world may be a comedy, but it is not a joke. There is no vicious prankster at the end, waiting to pull the rug from beneath us. There is only resolution and satisfaction, a good more potent and real than any of its degraded imitations.

As they say, read the whole thing.

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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  1. Just went through my third or fourth reading of Orthodoxy, and it still brought the same joy, the same surprise, and the same intellectual challenge as always. Reading Chesterton, particularly Orthodoxy, makes me see the world as if through fresh eyes. Chesterton’s youthful mirth is infectious yet, as you have so keenly noted, not naive nor dismissive of the pain and suffering of his time (and by extension our time). Thanks for posting this and for this site in general, it has been a tremendous source of help and encouragement to me as a senior in college navigating an academic environment that often seems so ardently opposed to many facets of the Christian faith.


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