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G.K. Chesterton

Orthodoxy, the book in your hands, came to me after I had already come to understand and love the clarity of Reformed theology. When Chesterton arrived in my intellectual scene, it was like flipping an extra breaker in my soul that turned on the party lights, brought out the dancers, and cued the music…. Orthodoxy is Chesterton’s greatest book, and the greatest gift in this book is deep joy. This is not a trivial, superficial joy, but a profound joy in the world which we have been given, a joy powered by gratitude to the sparkling, joyous, God who gave us this uproarious existence.” ~From N.D. Wilson’s introduction, Adapted from N.D. Wilson's Grace Agenda seminar 'Chestertonian Calvinism'

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In this brilliant book, the enormously fat and jolly G.K. Chesterton gives a stirring defense of Christianity. Chesterton fought against the reductionist materialism with laughter, joy, and gratitude for the beauty of the world God has given us. We usually think of orthodoxy and the tenets of the Christian faith as dry, arbitrary, and perhaps even nonsensical. Chesterton shows that orthodoxy is beautiful and fits perfectly the strange, quirky world. For those of us who do not pay any attention to the strangeness of the world, this book is essential reading. The world may not have fairies, but it does have the sun, rivers, trees, and the sky, and they are as strange as anything we will find in a fairy tale. Read this book, then go outside and marvel.

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again’; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” ~From Chesterton’s Orthodoxy

THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE SERIES: The authors in the Christian Heritage Series paid a high price for the words you see before you. Not all paid with blood, but each spent his life fighting for the truth. This faithful sacrifice has become a rich inheritance for the Church in our day, even though it is often neglected. The Christian Heritage Series aims to put these important theological classics on every Christian’s bookshelf in colorful, well-crafted, and affordable volumes, with introductions written by those that love the books and their heritage.

AUTHOR: G.K. Chesterton


PAGE COUNT: 194 pages

SIZE: 5.5x8.5"

BINDING: Paperback

ISBN 10: 1952410487

ISBN-13: 9781952410482

PUB. DATE: June 30, 2020 (first published in 1908)

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David Hasbrouck
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Canon Press put together an excellent edition!

Kelly Sobel-Pilkinton

Orthodoxy: Introduction by N.D. Wilson

Julia White

Orthodoxy: Introduction by N.D. Wilson

Marcus Schwager
Orthodoxy: Introduction by N.D. Wilson

Well, Chesterton is wonderfully, gratefully brilliant here, as always. Orthodoxy is one of the finest works of modern literature, in my opinion, and is my favorite work of Christian apologetics. Of course, no one's writing is perfectly inspired (or we'd be adding to the scriptures today) and we have over 100 years to bridge to our author now, so N. D. Wilson provides some compass direction to G. K.'s discursive, merry wanderings: both to appreciate the depth of wonder Chesterton passes on to the reader (which has profoundly affected so many of us, including Wilson) as well to assert a cautionary note (as even magnanimous GKC may fall prey to a petty response on rare occasion, here concerning Calvinism).

David Fink

Orthodoxy: Introduction by N.D. Wilson