...the only test of whether he is genuine is whether he is recognized.In this article, which comes up, I'm sorry to say, as a pdf and more like a picture file than a word file, Chesterton is reviewing a book by S.R. Littlewood, The Story of Santa Claus. Apparently, Chesterton has mainly disagreed with the author, and seeks to inform us of that fact.
The third point is more obvious, but even more neglected; here it need only be mentioned to correct what has gone before. It should always be remembered that dogmatic and authoristative religious spend much of their time rather in restraining superstitions than in encouraging them, and that such enthusiasms as that which Protestants call "Mariolatry" generally display all the merits and defects of widespread democratic movements. If saints, such as St. Nicholas of the Children, do not exist, they were not a priestly deception, but an erroneous public opinion.I hope you can download this and use AdobeReader to read it all, because it's great.
H/T/: Deb L. and Bob C.