"Orthodoxy," a series of essays by Gilbert Keith Chesterton. First published in 1908. Read by David "Grizzly" Smith.
"The only possible excuse for this book is that it is an answer to a challenge. Even a bad shot is dignified when he accepts a duel." This is how Chesterton explains "Orthodoxy," the sequel to Heretics. "I have attempted in a vague and personal way, in a set of mental pictures rather than in a series of deductions, to state the philosophy in which I have come to believe. I will not call it my philosophy; for I did not make it. God and humanity made it; and it made me."
This is a book about Everything, about the reasons for the entire Universe and the existance of Humanity. Andit's kinda funny. except for the serious parts and the sad parts. It's about all of life, and human life includes humor, drama and sadness, so that's all in the book, too. The chapters look longer than they are, each being roughly an hour -- and no, it wouldn't have worked to break them in half. I've found them a very quick listen.
Hope you enjoy this book. If you liked Heretics, you'll like Orthodoxy, because it's Chesterton. And if you do, please share it, please comment about it, rate it, blog and podcast and Tweet about it. Oh, and let me know. :)
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Orthodoxy - Thank You
If you liked Orthodoxy, you may like the other books I've recorded.
Orthodoxy Chapter 9
Chapter 9, "Authority and the Adventurer"The last chapter has been concerned with the contention that orthodoxy
is not only (as is often urged) the only safe guardian of morality or
order, but is also the only logical guardian of liberty, innovation and
Orthodoxy Chapter 7
Chapter 7, "The Eternal Revolution"The following propositions have been urged: First, that some faith in
our life is required even to improve it; second, that some
dissatisfaction with things as they are is necessary even in order to be
satisfied; third, that to have this necessary content and necessary
discontent it is not sufficient to have the obvious equilibrium of the
Orthodoxy Chapter 8
Chapter 8, "The Romance of Orthodoxy"It is customary to complain of the bustle and strenuousness of our
epoch. But in truth the chief mark of our epoch is a profound laziness
and fatigue; and the fact is that the real laziness is the cause of the
Orthodoxy Chapter 6
Chapter 6, "The Paradoxes of Christianity"The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an
unreasonable world, nor even that it is a reasonable one.
Orthodoxy Chapter 4
Chapter 4, "The Ethics of Elfland"When the business man rebukes the idealism of his office-boy, it is
commonly in some such speech as this: "Ah, yes, when one is young, one
has these ideals in the abstract and these castles in the air; but in
middle age they all break up like clouds, and one comes down to a belief
in practical politics, to using the machinery one has and getting on
with the world as it is."