Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saint Chesterton


"The case for canonizing G. K. Chesterton, the bombastic man of letters and paradoxical militant for God," examined by The Atlantic's James Parker — A Most Unlikely Saint. An exceprt:
    Chesterton was a journalist; he was a metaphysician. He was a reactionary; he was a radical. He was a modernist, acutely alive to the rupture in consciousness that produced Eliot’s “The Hollow Men”; he was an anti-modernist (he hated Eliot’s “The Hollow Men”). He was a parochial Englishman and a post-Victorian gasbag; he was a mystic wedded to eternity. All of these cheerfully contradictory things are true, and none of them would matter in the slightest were it not for the final, resolving fact that he was a genius. Touched once by the live wire of his thought, you don’t forget it.

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