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For those that have read Chesterton's Orthodoxy....

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Re: For those that have read Chesterton's Orthodoxy....

Postby Zattara08 » 02 Dec 2008, 16:10

I completely agree with Chesterton never sounding bitter at all.

he calls people out continuously but does so in such a whimsical way that you laugh before your offended.

there was a great rendition of Orthodoxy that was put out with a more youth type base and I found it was easier to read that version. ( I cannot find the book online, but if I do I will post it) Orthodoxy is amazing but if you have a hard time reading through that, Everlasting Man will be a nightmare!

Either way, I love Chesterton (as you can see by my signature) and in many ways I feel his spirit when reading Lewis. Although, I will agree Lewis was definitely more of the logician.
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Re: For those that have read Chesterton's Orthodoxy....

Postby Bulgakov » 08 May 2009, 14:22

I had to read Orthodoxy two or three times to really get what Chesterton was saying (of course, I picked up a number of delightful aphorisms from GK). It also helps to understand the current of modern thought with which GK was dealing at the time.

But as Lewis said, good books invite good reading, and sometimes a book needs to be read several times to be appreciated.
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Re: For those that have read Chesterton's Orthodoxy....

Postby rusmeister » 09 May 2009, 01:51

Bulgakov wrote:I had to read Orthodoxy two or three times to really get what Chesterton was saying (of course, I picked up a number of delightful aphorisms from GK). It also helps to understand the current of modern thought with which GK was dealing at the time.

But as Lewis said, good books invite good reading, and sometimes a book needs to be read several times to be appreciated.

Very true. Two books that I really didn't like on first reading were Lewis's "That Hideous Strength" and "The Pilgrim's Regress". After a couple years of studying Lewis and Chesterton I saw them in completely different lights - it was my understanding that had grown.
The reverse is also true, and this includes much literature that I was taught in college to be great. I still see much of it to be clever or skilled writing, even gifted, but with flawed or primitive philosophy that reduces its value enormously. One example noting your user name) is "The Master and Margarita"; a fascinating book by a gifted writer. When I read it as an agnostic young man it seemed very religious, even Christian. Now its dualism and un-Christian mindset stand out, and while it is still an entertaining read, it is no longer as deep as it once seemed.
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Re: For those that have read Chesterton's Orthodoxy....

Postby Mornche Geddick » 16 May 2009, 07:29

I have to say I had no trouble at all understanding Orthodoxy first go. I knew what sort of philosophies GKC was talking about straightaway. Perhaps they are perennial errors that have similar forms today. Or perhaps I am just better acquainted with Chesterton's epoch than I realise.

Like Rusmeister, I enjoy the Pilgrim's Regress more and more every time I read it. But not That Hideous Strength, which reveals many flaws. I think Lewis did a lot better when he tried the same theme again in The Last Battle.
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Re: For those that have read Chesterton's Orthodoxy....

Postby MotherLodeBeth » 25 Jan 2010, 07:54

What I like about Chestertons works is its heavy and serious and makes me read and re-read what he says and then I sit and digest it all. Unlike so much of the pablum that passes for Christian literature these days. ~Beth~
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