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I. Some Random Thoughts on Materialism

When G K Chesterton wrote his "Orthodoxy" in 1908, materialism was a fetish of the intelligentia, easy to mock.  How different it is today when every second person you meet is convinced of the materialist thesis.  more

II. The Paradoxes of Christianity

This is a lengthy extract from the chapter bearing this title in G K Chesterton’s "Orthodoxy".  The book was published in 1907, but it has much to say to us 100 years on. more

III. The Ethics of Elfland

An extract from a chapter of Chesterton's marvellous little book, Orthodoxy. more

IV. Joseph Pearce & G K Chesterton

A comment on the conversion of Joseph Pearce.  more

V. The Age of the Crusades

Chapter vi. of Chesterton’s A Short History of England gives us a fresh view of the contrast between the mind of Catholicism and of Mohammedanism, and of the distortions wrought by a Protestant version of English history.  more

VI. The Meaning of Merry England

It is the folly of modern man that he believes the universe in its intricate order and detail to be nothing but the result of a series of happy accidents.  That order never happens by accident, that there is no reason why any series of accidents should be ‘happy’, never troubles him.  Materialist folly allies itself with the atheistic to ground a blindness over the history of the Catholic Church’s influence on the culture of Europe.  It was no ‘happy’ accident that the slavery of the Romans gave way to private property and to personal integrity but the fruit of order imposed by an intellectual cause as is shown in this extract from chapter viii of G K Chesterton’s A Short History of England.  Slavery could not survive in the atmosphere established by the Church in a populace that put its faith in God and His revelation.  That she alone is the guarantor of man’s true freedom is hidden from modern man.   more

VII. Chesterton on St Thomas

This is a reproduction of part of ‘The Permanent Philosophy’, the seventh chapter of Chesterton’s study of St Thomas Aquinas published in 1933.  It sets out with splendid clarity St Thomas’s teaching on being and defends it against the sages of the modern age.  more

VIII. What is It That We Know When We Know

Here is a further extract from Chesterton’s fine explanation of St Thomas’s teachings.  more

IX. The Thing

G K Chesterton wrote a book of essays back in 1929 whose title he coined from an expression in a celebrated letter of Hilaire Belloc to The Evening Standard.  more