Category Archives: Chesterton

“every human being has a soul fashioned in God’s image”

More concretely, you don’t get white supremacy if you believe that every human being has a soul fashioned in God’s image. Neither do you get far-left racial and ethnic identitarianism. Both are symptoms of a metaphysical deficit. It’s very easy to start dividing people up into tribal categories; after all, humans vary massively in just about every imaginable quality. It’s really something of a miracle that we ever came up with a notion of common humanity at all! We have the Judeo-Christian heritage to thank for this in the West. This is something secular people ought to consider before making glib criticisms of traditional religion.

France’s Master Of ‘Materialist Horror’

With no belief that “every human being has a soul fashioned in God’s image”, i.e., God, tyranny and statolatry result.


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“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”

― G.K. Chesterton

God, Not Politics

It is to God, therefore, that we must first look for certitude and joy. Not some political arrangement, however useful in shoring up a social order where, as Dorothy Day used to say, it becomes easier for men to be good. So, by all means, be grateful to the maintenance of that order, ambitiously begun by a convert emperor back in the fourth century and, yes, labor mightily for its restoration. But give God your allegiance and love.

Meanwhile, the romance about which Chesterton writes, never mind the institutions that crystallized round it, precisely began in a place as unprepossessing as anywhere on the planet. Just ask the three wise men whose peregrinations the poet Eliot describes in his Journey of the Magi: “A cold coming we had of it, / Just the worst time of the year / For a journey, and such a long journey. . . ” And when at last they reach the place – “arriving at evening,” we are told, “not a moment too soon” – amid the cattle and the sheep crowded about a tiny stable at the end of the world, a child is born. “It was (you might say) satisfactory.”

Forget the appearance of the place, the noise and the cold and the dirt surrounding the scene, the seeming unimportance of the characters in the tableau, and fix your mind on the event itself. Does it not provide the perfect conjunction, the absolutely ideal connection between those two things Chesterton insists must be present for a life of “practical romance” to take place?

For real romance to work, he tells us, there has got to be this precise and happy. . .

    . . . combination of something that is strange with something that is secure. We need so to view the world as to combine an idea of wonder and an idea of welcome. We need to be happy in this wonderland without once being merely comfortable.

And where else but in Bethlehem does that happen?

The Coming of Christmas

Statolatry is the idolization of the state and politics

Meanwhile, some of us are trying to wean ourselves off of the politics addiction and trying to remember Who it is exactly that Christian clerics are called to serve.

On the delusion of clergy access to the royal throne

Liturgy and Enchantment; Heroic Catholic

The idea of enchantment is quite common in the history of Christian thought (read G.K. Chesterton and you’ll see the wonder and beauty of it). But I’ve especially appreciated Richard Beck’s recent blog posts (over at his blog Experimental Theology) on the subject, as they break down the disenchanted world we currently live in, and suggest a myriad of ways in which we can “re-enchant” our faith, and thus our world.

In yesterday’s post on the subject, Beck suggests the following: “Life demands … a hallowing that pulls us out of the entertainments and consumptions of capitalistic culture. We want more from life than fun. We want life to be holy. We want life to be sacred. And it is this demand for holiness that makes us human.”

In this series, Beck has suggested that “We are disenchanted with living in a disenchanted world.” And it is this disenchantment I’ve recognized among many of my peers. When I wrote “Why Millennials Long for Liturgy” in February 2014, Lee Nelson, co-chair of the Catechesis Taskforce of the Anglican Church of North America, told me he believes a sacramental hunger lies at the heart of many millennials. “We are highly wired to be experiential,” he said. In the midst of our consumer culture, young people “ache for sacramentality.”

“If you ask me why kids are going high church, I’d say it’s because the single greatest threat to our generation and to young people nowadays is the deprivation of meaning in our lives,” a Greek Orthodox convert told me. “In the liturgical space, everything becomes meaningful…. We’re so thirsty for meaning that goes deeper, that can speak to our entire lives, hearts, and wallets, that we’re really thirsty to be attached to the earth and to each other and to God. The liturgy is a historical way in which that happens.”

How to Save the Millennial Faith?

As the phrase “devout Catholic” can be thus so misused, I think it should be jettisoned. “Heroic Catholic”, for people who truly deserve it, might suit our post-Christian age a little better.

How to mislabel a ‘devout’ Catholic

You just can’t fix stupid

First, just because: Cuttlefish!

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We need more mockery and truculence with a smile!

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Living in a Pagan Society

[Evelyn Waugh]: Civilization and by this I do not mean talking cinemas and tinned food, nor even surgery and hygienic houses, but the whole moral and artistic organization of Europe has not in itself the power of survival. It came into being through Christianity, and without it has no significance or power to command allegianceIt seems to me that in the present phase of European history the essential issue is no longer between Catholicism, on one side, and Protestantism, on the other, but between Christianity and Chaos.
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What did Chesterton, Waugh, Eliot and Chambers have in common? They believed, to their core, that the modern world isn’t right simply because it is modern. To believe otherwise would be bald chronological snobbery, or as Chesterton would incisively note,

“An imbecile habit has arisen in modern controversy of saying that such and such a creed can be held in one age but cannot be held in another. Some dogma, we are told, was credible in the twelfth century, but is not credible in the twentieth. You might as well say that a certain philosophy can be believed on Mondays, but cannot be believed on Tuesdays.”

Dont Dismiss Tradition (A Letter to the Modern World)

Pagan-proofing, Sanctifying the Home

1. Pray and sacrifice
2. Stay close to Mary
3. Stay close to Jesus in the Eucharist
4. Pray the Rosary

4 Ways to Survive the Cultural Storm


The Pagans of the the great Greek and Roman civilization believed in suicide. The Pagans of the great Chinese civilization have sometimes practiced infanticide. Many ancient Pagans apparently believed in abortion; and these modern Pagans may very sincerely believe in birth prevention. But I cannot see what there is to dance about.

“A Malthusian Ball,” by G.K. Chesterton, 1933

See also, “Champagne Malthusians

Cheerful Warrior for the Cause of Liberty – Leonard Liggio, RIP

Leonard Liggio, RIP

Being bitter is not that way to advance the ideas of true and radical liberalism. That is one of the thoughts that popped into my head in thinking about this great man — he was always a cheerful warrior for the cause of liberty.

Peter Boettke talking about Leonard Liggio

He was the least outwardly colorful and voluble of the faculty (which also included George Smith, Randy Barnett, and Leonard’s old pal from Students for America and Circle Bastiat days, historian Ralph Raico). But his calm erudition helped even raw, green undergrads grasp and value that there were layers and layers to this set of libertarian ideas, that they were not just bracing wild radicalism (though they were that, and all the better) but also deeply rooted in the history and ideas of Western civilization, a truly humane, yes, approach to the social order that promised not just liberty per se but also peace and wealth.

Leonard Liggio, R.I.P., by Brian Doherty

The “present whirlpool of universal nonsense”

As it happens, there is something in the sex passion that can be enjoyed even in imagination. Therefore the mere imagery can move the imagination; even incidental or accidental details can do it; and constantly exciting that emotion, by that imagination, may have a bad effect on conduct, and certainly a bad effect on character.

But this is not the least true of any other sin, merely because it is sinful. It is not true of murder, burglary or picking pockets. It is stark nonsense to say that seeing pistols fired off will fill me with a passion for murder. It would be just as sensible as saying that seeing pens and inks will fill me with a furious desire to commit forgery.
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It is supremely characteristic of the present whirlpool of universal nonsense that the very moment when men seem to have forgotten the real psychological dangers of sexual exaggeration, they begin to worry about the utterly unreal idea that somebody can be turned into a cutthroat by the sight of a carving knife.

Boys have always played at robbers, and admired outlaws like Robin Hood; but the difference is this: In those days there was a positive morality, that could both tolerate and check such natural fancies.

G.K. Chesterton, in the New York American, 1932

Saving the earth from too many poor people

Today we are given environmental reasons for saving the earth from the burden of too many people. Ironically, it is always the poor who seem to be burdensome, and never too many jet-setters—who consume the goods of the world with rapacious greed.

Wi-fi Eugenics, by David Beresford

Overpopulation, however, is an invented threat meant to stoke fear in an already apprehensive public. Even the left-leaning published a recent article chronicling the earth’s stalled population growth, noting the approximately 7 billion humans currently alive will, given current reproduction rates, shrink to just half that number by the year 2200.

Still, this doesn’t prevent Gore and others from dictating what individuals in other nations should do with their lives. Dr. Lubos Motl, a Czech physicist, examined the utter fallacy of his position.

“It is impossible not to think that there’s some racism and stunning hypocrisy if a jerk who has produced four children is ‘working’ on the reduction of the number of newborn babies in a completely different nation,” he wrote.

While he conceded Africa certainly has its issues, Motl noted that they aren’t “caused by overpopulation” but are “mostly due to the insufficient sophistication of their economies….”

Gore, however, will likely never be convinced he is wrong. Apparently, inventing the Internet has given him an unshakable superiority complex. He now projects himself as the arbiter of international reproduction rates.

Along with Barack Obama, this Nobel Peace Prize winner definitively proves the tragic irony with which such a prestigious honor is often bestowed.

Al Gore Thinks Killing Babies Will Save The World, by B. Christopher Agee

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