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Where does Chesterton mention that popular culture suggests an innate understanding of sexual fidelity

In Mere Christianity, in the chapter on Christian Marriage, CS Lewis says, "As Chesterton pointed out, those who are in love have a natural inclination to bind themselves by promises. Love songs ...
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Was Jesus ever an atheist?

GK Chesterton (famous Catholic apologist) writes in his popular book Orthodoxy: Nay (the matter grows too difficult for human speech), but let the atheists themselves choose a god. They will find ...
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Did G.K. Chesterton ever write specifically about a Christian's moral responsibilities?

As a school assignment I'm supposed to compare two authors on the topic of morality. Specifically the question is: how ought a person to relate to Christianity / how should Christianity affect one's ...
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What is the theological basis for distributism?

G. K. Chesterton's political ideology, distributism, is (as far as I'm aware) based on Catholic teaching, from tradition, to teaching by Popes, and by the Bible. What is that basis?
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Where did Chesterton's idea that a heresy was a fixation on a particular virtue within Christianity come from?

In Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton describes heresies as virtues gone wild and then attempts to connect a few dots to historical examples. When a religious scheme is shattered (as Christianity was ...
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Has the Anglo-Catholic understanding of suicide changed in the 20th-21st century enough to render Chesterton's comparison with martyrdom irrelevant?

In "Orthodoxy" G.K. Chesterton compares in multiple places the difference in attitude between people who kill themselves and people who let themselves be killed for Jesus' sake. The ...
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What was G.K. Chesterton's proof of original sin, and what is so unique about it?

Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved. - Orthodoxy, by Gilbert K. Chesterton; The Maniac Page 1 What is GKC's proof of ...
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Did Chesterton ever explain why he did not formally become a Catholic until long after he had starting thinking and writing for Catholics?

G.K. Chesterton (b. 1874, d. 1936), a major figure in the Catholic literary revival, who wrote the classic Catholic apologetics book Orthodoxy in 1908 along with Father Brown stories and books shortly ...
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Meaning of Poem

I came across this beautiful poem by GK Chesterton: A Little Litany. But it has been very difficult for me to interpret. Especially the following lines: To see in pictured walls his storied world ...
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In which year did Chesterton write the 'I am' (what's wrong with the world) letter?

In which year G. K. Chesterton wrote the letter with the message? Dear Sirs: I am. Sincerely Yours, G. K. Chesterton This letter was an answer to the question: "What is wrong with ...
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How many hells did Swedenborg say there were?

In G.K. Chesteron's essay "The Red Angel," found in the collection Tremendous Trifles, he remarks: One small child in the dark can invent more hells than Swedenborg. What is Chesterton referring ...
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What is the context of Chesterton's quote, "When we bind our hearts, we free our hands"?

In anticipation of watching the new Ragamuffin movie, I'm watching an interview with Rich Mullins. Here's the transcript. During the interview, he is seeking to explain what it means by "centering ...
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In "The Ball and the Cross" where did McIan go wrong?

In the G.K. Chesterton's The Ball and the Cross there's a point where it's obvious that Chesterton doesn't think Evan McIan's initial philosophy, if taken to its fullness, would bring about peace on ...
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What movement was Chesterson writing about in "Orthodoxy"

I just started reading G.K. Chesterson's Orthodoxy and came across this quote: In this remarkable situation it is plainly not now possible (with any hope of a universal appeal) to start, as our ...
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Why did G.K. Chesterton convert to Catholicism?

G.K. Chesterton is one of my favorite authors. On a lot of subjects, his way of looking at things really astonishes me. He can still show things in a fresh perspective, though his books are about a ...
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