The Thing

The Thing IT will be naturally objected to the publication of these papers that they are ephemeral and that they are controversial In other words the normal critic will at once dismiss them as too frivolous an

  • Title: The Thing
  • Author: G.K. Chesterton
  • ISBN: 2940011830266
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Nook
  • IT will be naturally objected to the publication of these papers that they are ephemeral and that they are controversial In other words, the normal critic will at once dismiss them as too frivolous and dislike them as too serious The rather one sided truce of good taste, touching all religious matters, which prevailed until a short time ago, has now given place to a rathIT will be naturally objected to the publication of these papers that they are ephemeral and that they are controversial In other words, the normal critic will at once dismiss them as too frivolous and dislike them as too serious The rather one sided truce of good taste, touching all religious matters, which prevailed until a short time ago, has now given place to a rather one sided war But the truce can still be invoked, as such terrorism of taste generally is invoked, against the minority We all know the dear old Conservative colonel who swears himself red in the face that he is not going to talk politics, but that damning to hell all those bloody blasted Socialists is not politics We all have a kindly feeling for the dear old lady, living at Bath or Cheltenham, who would not dream of talking uncharitably about anybody, but who does certainly think the Dissenters are too dreadful or that Irish servants are really impossible It is in the spirit of these two very admirable persons that the controversy is now conducted in the Press on behalf of a Progressive Faith and a Broad and Brotherly Religion So long as the writer employs vast and universal gestures of fellowship and hospitality to all those who are ready to abandon their religious beliefs, he is allowed to be as rude as he likes to all those who venture to retain them The Dean of St Paul s permits himself genially to call the Catholic Church a treacherous and bloody corporation Mr H G Wells is allowed to compare the Blessed Trinity to an undignified dance the Bishop of Birmingham to compare the Blessed Sacrament to a barbarous blood feast It is felt that phrases like these cannot ruffle that human peace and harmony which all such humanitarians desire there is nothing in THESE expressions that could possibly interfere with brotherhood and the sympathy that is the bond of society We may be sure of this, for we have the word of the writers themselves that their whole aim is to generate an atmosphere of liberality and love If, therefore, any unlucky interruption mars the harmony of the occasion, if it is really impossible for these fraternal festivities to pass off without some silly disturbance, or somebody making a scene, it is obvious that the blame must lie with a few irritable and irritating individuals, who cannot accept these descriptions of the Trinity and the Sacrament and the Church as soothing their feelings or satisfying their ideas.

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    1. I began reading this book with a certain sense of foreboding. Is the author going to spend several hundred pages detailing the many steps taken in the process of becoming a Catholic? That could be deadly (but not always, as for instance, Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain).In any case, I was way off the mark. That is not the way of G.K. Chesterton. His The Thing: Why I am a Catholic is actually a set of thirty-five brilliant, but disconnected essays on things that people (mostly moderni [...]

    2. 'The Thing' is a series of essays loosely organized around Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. Some of these essays are 5 stars, some 2, but most hover in the 3 star range. The best of the bunch are definitely worth reading, and most of these are the early ones that deal more with Christianity in general. The 'Catholicism' essays are not bad, but they feel dated as many deal with particular English prejudices against Catholicism in Chesterton's day. Still, Chesterton's central [...]

    3. It will be naturally objected to the publication of these papers that they are ephemeral and that they are controversial. In other words, the normal critic will at once dismiss them as too frivolous and dislike them as too serious.A collection of essays on various subjects, overwhelmingly related to religion.  Some are topical, like one about an Anglican bishop who made a fool of himself by denigrating St. Francis of Assisi, and provide the insight into the era that primary source so often does [...]

    4. I read The Thing: Why I Am a Catholic on my Kindle and it cost under a pound to download it. It is hard going at times and as it was written about 90 years ago, it has many obscure references and people who most of us will not have heard of, but were presumably fairly well known in Chesterton's day. As I say, it is hard going, but it is rewarding reading if one can persist with it, that is, if one enjoys reading theology and Christian apologetics. In Chesterton's case, it is not just Christian a [...]

    5. "The Thing" is a series of essays in which Chesterton gives some of his reasons for being Catholic. Most of the essays are in response to events in his time, which make them a bit dated, but his impeccable logic always shines through and makes "The Thing" a great read as it forces you to think deeper and harder about your belief system.

    6. This is a series of essays, written to defend Catholicism. That's all well and good and proper, but the fact that they are written in response to other articles, many years ago, does mean that the modern reader doesn't always understand what they are referring to. Chesterton is a good writer, though, and the essays are interesting.

    7. The dude can be pretentious and pompous, but he's also smarter and wittier than most. The essays can be hit or miss and they also can be a bit dated by their time and place (early 20th century England), but they are overall very good. And good in the Chesterton way of making you think with a logical argument that only he could create.

    8. Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 9, as one of Seven Books of G. K. Chesterton, beside Orthodoxy and Heretics, Not to Be Missed, Even Though He Wrote about a Hundred More, Not to Be Missed Either.

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