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As Chesterton himself has said, The difficulty of explaining “why I am a Catholic” is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true. I could fill all my space with separate sentences each beginning with the words, “It is the only thing that…” As, for instance, (1) It is the only thing that really prevents a sin ...


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G.K. Chesterton is here referring to Swedenborg's common (for him) and somewhat unusual (in general religious writing) expression "the hells." In his voluminous theological writings, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) spoke both of "hell" in the singular and of "the hells" in the plural, depending upon the context and the point he ...


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My thanks to Peter Turner for recommending the book Orthodoxy (Dodd, Mead & Co., 1908) to me some time ago, and therefore making this answer possible. Thanks to Kindle full-text search, I found the following in Orthodoxy chapter 5, The Flag of the World: Love is not blind; that is the last thing it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound the less it ...


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This story is no doubt related to the 1910 publication of Chesterton's book What's Wrong With the World, the dedication to which contains a number of jokes at Chesterton's expense: Many a mild lady visitor opened her eyes when I remarked casually, "I have been doing 'What is Wrong' all this morning." And one minister of religion moved quite sharply in his ...


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I spent the last hour scouring the last pages, of the last eight years of Gilbert! Magazine where Chesterton "answers his mail" because they always put real responses to made up questions in there, but this one was "What's wrong with the world" and his response was "The devil" and that was dated 1908. That counters what you, ...


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The poem is addressed to the Blessed Virgin, and its title evokes the prayer called the Litany of Loreto. In this prayer, the Virgin Mary's prayers are requested, and she is invoked under many metaphorical titles. The poem mentions, or alludes to, some of these. For clarity I will set these titles of Mary in bold. The first stanza pictures God, born and "...


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Answer A Little Litany Gilbert Keith Chesteron When God turned back eternity and was young, Ancient of Days, grown little for your mirth (As under the low arch the land is bright) Peered through you, gate of heaven—and saw the earth. (1st stanza) The poem speak about Mary and Jesus.The "gate of heaven" is attributed to Mary while "God ...


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G.K. Chesterton might not have explicitly explained it, owing to the fact that he very rarely talked about his wife out of extreme prudence. From his poetry you can tell that he loved her dearly, but he was a "Kept Man" as it was who was not let out of her sight. Frances Chesterton for her part was a content Anglican. It was harder for her to ...


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If you enumerate some of the main dogmas of the faith that Anglicans or Catholics hold: The Trinity The Incarnation The Resurrection The Hypostatic Union The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist The Marian Dogmas (A virgin mother conceived without original sin who was assumed into heaven) The Doctrine of Original Sin stands alone as the one that it ...


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What was G.K. Chesterton's proof of original sin, and what is so unique about it? For Chesterton not only is sin a fact, original sin is a fact, an observable fact one can "see in the street." It is his particular logical outlook on the matter. Someone once asked Bill Vallicella his opinion on the following passage from G. K. Chesterton:my opinion ...


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Chesterton wrote an article The Catholic Church and Conversion in 1926. It was not primarily about his own conversion though he acknowledged that if he was to understand the conversion of others he must try to understand his own. The following passage records that, coming initially more from an agnostic than an Anglican perspective, he was for a long time ...


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Why did it take so long for Chesterton to become Catholic? That is a secret between the Holy Spirit and G. K. Chesterton and neither one has revealed the answer. The operations of grace of the Holy Spirit are known unto God alone. The Holy Spirit can offer graces to a soul, but as to when, how and why they become acceptable to a soul is completely known ...


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I imagine that two important principles would be violated if Mr. McIan's philosophy were taken to its logical extreme: Free Will (and thereby the loss of Love) Religious Liberty (or liberty of conscience) 1) In a world were no evil could take place, even in principle, there would be no place for truly freely given Love: which is to say, there would be no ...


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