There are only four known audio recordings of the great G.K. Chesterton, and only one video (at least that I have found).  Thankfully, some of both are on the internet.

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  2. It’s quite piquant that the only film clip of Chesterton on YouTube has him pronouncing, “At least I am not a Mohamedan.” In the context of his induction into the Holy Cross Crusaders, it is doubly offensive, even as a joke.

    Yes, I understand that he was a ‘man of his times’ and therefore derisive of other religions and cultures, a fact that this clip captures in a very concise fashion. Thank you for posting.


    1. Prufrock, is it the name “Mohamedan” that offends? Or is it the fact that he is simply relieved that he’s not one of them? And if so, what’s offensive about that? I’m not sure I see how relief that he’s not Islamic is problematically derisive as long as one thinks Christianity is, in fact, true and Islam false.


  3. Wonderful. He is one of my favorites. Perhaps the most favorite. Thanks for sharing.

    As regards to Chesterton’s comments on Islam, personally, I think he would have expressed himself similarly today. He was unabashedly an opinionated Christian. And, refreshingly so, I might add.

    I might not always agree with him, but I have no doubt where is stood.


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