Friday, January 25, 2008

Preface to Orthodoxy

Just in case you'd like to read about what Dr. Thursday is referring to in his post yesterday, here is the preface to Orthodoxy.
by G. K. Chesterton

To My Mother

This book is meant to be a companion to Heretics, and to put the
positive side in addition to the negative. Many critics complained of
the book called Heretics because it merely criticised current
philosophies without offering any alternative philosophy. This book is
an attempt to answer the challenge. It is unavoidably affirmative and
therefore unavoidably autobiographical. The writer has been driven back
upon somewhat the same difficulty as that which beset Newman in writing
his Apologia; he has been forced to be egotistical only in order
to be sincere. While everything else may be different the motive in both
cases is the same. It is the purpose of the writer to attempt an
explanation, not of whether the Christian Faith can be believed, but of
how he personally has come to believe it. The book is therefore arranged
upon the positive principle of a riddle and its answer. It deals first
with all the writer's own solitary and sincere speculations and then
with all the startling style in which they were all suddenly satisfied
by the Christian Theology. The writer regards it as amounting to a
convincing creed. But if it is not that it is at least a repeated and
surprising coincidence.

Gilbert K. Chesterton.

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