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REAL CLEAR RELIGION

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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CHESTERTON ON THE RIGHT RELIGION

We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. What we want is a religion that is right where we are wrong. G.K. Chesterton "The Exception Proves the Rule" The Catholic Church and Conversion

"A Cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon." G.K. Chesterton, Introduction to the Book of Job.

"I have been in many churches, chapels and halls where a confident pride in having got beyond creeds was coupled with quite a paralyzed incapacity to get beyond catchwords. But wherever the falsity appears it comes from neglect of the same truth; that men should agree on a principle, that they may differ on anything else; that God gave men a law that they might turn it into liberties." G.K. Chesterton: A Miscellany of Men.

"The Protestant world in England today is a very curious and subtle thing, which it would not become me to criticize; but this may be said of it without offense, that while it is naturally a little disturbed by a Protestant becoming a Catholic, it is far more terribly disturbed by a Protestant who still preserves Protestantism." G.K. Chesterton: Autobiography

The Convert--(which he wrote after he was received into the Catholic Church)...

After one moment when I bowed my head
And the whole world turned over and came upright,
And I came out where the old road shone white.
I walked the ways and heard what all men said,
Forests of tongues, like autumn leaves unshed,
Being not unlovable but strange and light;
Old riddles and new creeds, not in despite
But softly, as men smile about the dead

The sages have a hundred maps to give
That trace their crawling cosmos like a tree,
They rattle reason out through many a sieve
That stores the sand and lets the gold go free:
And all these things are less than dust to me
Because my name is Lazarus and I live.