Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Chesterton and Earthquakes

Since this year is the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake, this led me to wonder about Chesterton and earthquakes. I found this interesting article.

"And throughout his life, Chesterton always had two feet firmly planted on English soil, though all around an earthquake was shaking its foundations. This earthquake was modernism. And this modernism was dramatically changing the landscape of not only British, but all Western civilization. The intellectual world was overrun by agnostics, atheists, and skeptics of all sorts. Though the root goes back much further, we could safely argue that secularism first rose up in tidal wave proportions during the transition from the 19th to 20th century. Before this time, there had at least been a broad consensus of Christian morality and philosophy among Western nations. It was at this time the sun of Christendom set; the Modern Age had arisen."

But then the article falls apart. I give you permission not to read it.

1 comment:

  1. +JMJ+

    That excerpt is quite true, but it reminds me more of Hilaire Belloc than of Chesterton.


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