Friday, July 12

Book Review: All Things Considered by GK Chesterton

I love reading Chesterton. He's good for my soul.

All Things Considered is a collection of his essays published in 1908. Chesterton rants and rails and explains himself and defends himself. His essays cover linguistics, humor, fairy tales, logic, sports ... all sorts of things. 

This book is available for free online and can be downloaded for free on the Kindle. I'd recommend taking a look at it. I read it like it was a blog and found myself chuckling along and re-reading sections because they were so insightful (or ridiculous).

My favorite essay in the collection is: The Worship of the Wealthy

Here are some highlights ...

The real objection to modernism is simply that it is a form of snobbishness. It is an attempt to crush a rational opponent not by reason, but by some mystery of superiority, by hinting that one is specially up to date or particularly "in the know."

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

For, in order that men should resist injustice, something more is necessary than that they should think injustice unpleasant. They must think injustice absurd; above all, they must think it startling.

Before we congratulate ourselves upon the absence of certain faults from our nation or society, we ought to ask ourselves why it is that these faults are absent. Are we without the fault because we have the opposite virtue? Or are we without the fault because we have the opposite fault?

The Pagan said to himself: "If Christianity makes a man happy while his legs are being eaten by a lion, might it not make me happy while my legs are still attached to me and walking down the street?"

Precisely because our political speeches are meant to be reported, they are not worth reporting.

The old flatterer took for granted that the King was an ordinary man, and set to work to make him out extraordinary. The newer and cleverer flatterer takes for granted that he is extraordinary, and that therefore even ordinary things about him will be of interest.

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

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