G.K. Chesterton

Chesterton vs. Trends and Fads That Undermine the Family

Chesterton was so consistently right in his pronouncements and prophecies because he understood that anything that attacked the family was bad for society. That is why he spoke out against eugenics and contraception, against divorce and “free love” (another term he disliked because of its dishonesty), but also against wage slavery and compulsory state-sponsored education […]

The Power to Enjoy Christmas

“People are losing the power to enjoy Christmas through identifying it with enjoyment,” Chesterton writes. “When once they lose sight of the old suggestion that it is all about something, they naturally fall into blank pauses of wondering what it is all about.” In other words, Christmas isn’t frivolous enjoyment for its own sake. It’s […]

Belief, Insight, and the Truth-Telling Thing

The Catholic life sometimes runs: Insight first, then belief. You see a truth and then happily find the Church teaches it. But it often runs: Belief first, then insight. We don’t get very far in the Catholic life without the second. We find, as we grow in our faith, that the belief points us and […]

Actually Progressing

Popping up on Facebook was a short item in those big letters saying: “Progress is a journey, not a destination,” with many, many likes and a great many hearts. + But it’s just no good. Progress has to be a journey to a destination or else it’s just not progress. As Chesterton wrote at the end […]

Why Sin and Evil Actions are Not Unique

Evil recommends the lowest common denominator, but the problem with the lowest common denominator is that it really does make one common, just as the problem with the path of least resistance is that every one takes it in the same manner — by not resisting. Chesterton famously said “a dead thing can go with the […]

G.K. Chesterson on Religious Liberty

Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it. —G.K Chesterton in his Autobiography —I have not read this book but read the quote at the Ignatius Press Chesterton site.  

G.K. Chesterton on Religion and Right and Wrong

We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. What we want is a religion that is right where we are wrong. —G.K. Chesterton, The Catholic Church and Conversion   + Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will […]