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The Anti-Semitism of G.K. Chesterton

July 6th, 2008 | 2 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

It is easy to turn a blind eye to G.K. Chesterton's anti-Semitism on grounds that he got so much else right, and on grounds that Chesterton's casual racist references were very much a part of 20th century English culture. Yet refusing to acknowledge the less savory aspects of a life that was otherwise noble is not charity, but intellectual laziness. As Chesterton himself would have us acknowledge, "Love is not blind. It is bound, and the more it is bound, the less it is blind."

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Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.