12/28/2008

Orthodoxy...

A while ago, I was at WIllow Creek's arts conference when I heard 3 of the general session speakers refer to a book by G.K. Chesterton called Orthodoxy. So I decided that, if so many people that I respect are reading something, then it would probably be a good idea for me to read it too.

A year and a half later and I finally got to it...

It's going a little slower than I'd hoped (although, this is probably because I've been busy hanging with family and friends), but there's a lot of great things in this little book! Chesterton really knows how to turn a phrase...

Here's a few samples from chapter 1:

  • "Even a bad shot is dignified when he accepts a duel."

  • "How can we contrive to be at once astonished with the world and yet at home in it?"

  • "But nearly all people I have ever met in this Western society in which I live would agree to the general proposition that we need this life of practical romance; the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure. We need so to view the world as to combine an idea of wonder and an idea of welcome. We need to be happy in this wonderland without once being merely comfortable."

    I'm sure I'll be posting other things that stick out to me as I continue reading...
  • 1 comment:

    cnb said...

    It's a great book. If you'd like to sample a few quotations, perhaps to get the flavour of what is yet to come, you might try here.