Orthodoxy   -     By: G.K. Chesterton
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Orthodoxy

Random House, Inc / 1936 / Paperback

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(PUBImage)"One of the top 10 Christian books of the 20th century,"---Christianity Today. A popular work of apologetics, Chesterton turns on their heads a number of conventional assumptions, making orthodox Christianity appear to be the reasonable choice for even those who have doubts. 160 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 1936
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.0 X 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0385015364
ISBN-13: 9780385015363
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Chesterton's timeless exploration of the essentials of Christian faith and of his pilgrimage to belief (more than 750,000 copies sold in the Image edition) is now reissued with an incisive Introduction by bestselling author Philip Yancey.

For G.K. Chesterton, orthodoxy carries us into the land of romance, right action, and revolution. In Orthodoxy, a classic in religious autobiography, he tells of his pilgrimage there by way of the doctrines of Christianity set out in the Apostles' Creed.

Where science seeks to explain all things in terms of calculation and necessary law, Chesterton argues on behalf of the Christian doctrines of mystery and free will. Sanity, he says, belongs to the poet who accepts the romance and drama of these beliefs rather than to the logician who does not. This sanity is not static. It does not mean merely learning the right doctrines and then lapsing into a refined meditation on them. Chesterton dismisses such an inactive belief as "the greatest disaster of the nineteenth century." For him, right thinking is a waste without right action.

For Chesterton the populist, political ction often spells revolution. He discovers in the doctrines of original sin and the divinity of Christ ever-present seedbeds of revolt in the face of the tyrannies of money and power.

Author Bio

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English journalist, poet, biographer, historian, debater, radio personality, and novelist. One of the literary giants of the twentieth century, Chesterton constantly participated in public life, debating George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells, and maintaining on-going witty arguments with leading journalists and critics of his time. He is the author of more than 100 books on a wide variety of subjects; he is best known for his much-loved Father Brown series of detective stories and this apologetic classic.

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"Whenever I feel my faith going dry again, I wander to a shelf and pick up a book by G.K. Chesterton."
--from the foreword by Philip Yancey, author of What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew

"My favorite on the list [of top 100 spiritual classics of the twentieth century] is Chesterton's Orthodoxy. It offers wonderful arguments for embracing religious traditions, but it also has humor you don't typically find in religious writing."
--Philip Zaleski, author and journalist

Named by Publisher's Weekly as one of 10 "indispensable spiritual classics" of the past 1500 years.
--Publisher?s Weekly

"Chesterton's most enduring book.... Charming."
--World

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  1. Dr. Robert W. Kellemen
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    Dr. Robert W. Kellemen
    G. K. Chesterton's "Orthodoxy" is a timeless text defending the orthodoxy of orthodoxy. Using his personal journey from intellectual atheist to intellectual Christian (no, that's not an oxymoron) as a roadmap, Chesterton brilliantly traces the rhyme and reason for belief in the historic, orthodox doctrines of Christianity. Amazingly, his descriptions of the intellectual climate of his times reads like a weatherman's prognostications for today's weather conditions. Writing fifty years before the supposed advent of post-modernity, Chesterton's defense of Christianity as the one true meta-narrative addresses post-modernism much more powerfully, relevantly, and effectively than does Brian McLaren's "Generous Orthodoxy" (written in 2004). Combine this with the poetry of his prose and his experiential honesty, and you have a book without peer in addressing the crying need of our day. I highly recommend "Orthodoxy" not only for the thinking (and perhaps doubting) Christian, but also for the seeking agnostic. Reviewer: Dr. Robert W. Kellemen, author of "Soul Physicians" and "Spiritual Friends."
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