Chesterton finally begins a shift from his observations of the world and Christianity's seeming absurdities, to Christianity’s synthesis of those observations. In chapter six, Chesterton expounds on more seeming contradictions within Christianity. How can Christianity be so fierce in one direction (e.g. damning those who commit suicide), while being so fierce in the other direction (e.g. glorifying a martyr’s embrace of death)? This chapter was extremely beneficial to me, as it not only countered many of the claims still levied against Christianity today, but also showed me why I have frequently felt so torn as a Christian – towards the hatred of sin, yet loving humanity in their fallenness because I recognized that “but by the grace of God…”
Orthodoxy 5: The Flag of the World
Orthodoxy 4: The Ethics of Elfland
Orthodoxy 3: Suicide of Thought
Crutches: The Tyranny of Love
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