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In response to G. K. Chesterton’s book Heretics, H. G. Wells said, “I will begin to worry about my philosophy…when Mr. Chesterton has given us his.” And that is what Chesterton set out to do in Orthodoxy. But like any good theorist, he truly believed he could not undertake this task without first articulating what he did not agree with. After he had completed this with Heretics, he set out to articulate the philosophy that he had come to believe.
In a personal way, Chesterton uses “a set of mental pictures” to describe his journey in discovering the truth. Among his key points is the role of reason and fantasy in helping him to discover true orthodoxy. They led him to see that this was not a product of chance, but was fashioned by a divine Creator. His timeless wisdom is relevant to the struggles of many Christians today.
Chesterton was surprised to find that what he discovered about orthodoxy was not unique to him at all; rather, it had been passed down through many generations. And he admitted, after much struggle and in much humility, “I will not call it my philosophy, for I did not make it. God and humanity made it; and it made me.”
The “modern” world of G. K. Chesterton’s day was one that often celebrated the independence and courage of heretics, while decrying the rigidity of conservative orthodoxy. In this classic collection of twenty essays, Chesterton uses wit and paradox to take on the popular philosophers of his day, including Henrik Ibsen, George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, and Friedrich Nietzsche.
In taking on the “heretics”—modern thinkers who considered their views to be superior to “antiquated” conservative thought—Chesterton called out their tendency to focus on evils, such as segregation and slavery, without pointing men and women toward any idea of what is good. He criticized those who rebelled against traditional Christian beliefs—those who proudly defied the Word of God. With biting prose and incomparable wit, Chesterton exposes the heretics as not only wrong but also dangerous.
Originally published in 1905, Heretics remains a remarkably relevant work for today’s modern culture.
In this thirty-one day devotional, Andrew Murray draws upon the gospel parable of the vine and its branches to illustrate the beautiful relationship we are meant to have with Christ. Find out in these inspiring pages how you can dwell in God’s rich love, receive answers to your prayers, weather life’s difficult storms, establish unbroken communion with Christ, replace fear and doubt with lasting peace, rest in God’s secure protection, and produce eternal results. The fullness of God’s merciful loving kindness awaits you. You can come through life’s greatest difficulties safely, and every longing of your heart can be satisfied. Discover that as you daily abide in the Vine, your branch will grow and bloom, enriched by the nourishing presence of the Lord.
If the Lord has called you by His grace, all the men on earth and all the fiends in hell cannot reverse the calling. You belong to Him! This is just one of the many truths that Charles Spurgeon presents in this thirty-one-day devotional guide. Spurgeon’s anecdotes and biblical principles will inspire your daily walk with the Lord.
These thirty-one heart-searching readings by Andrew Murray will help you learn how to live daily in closer communion and fellowship with the Father.