Doubt your ambition, not the truth

But what we suffer from to-day is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth... ~ G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, pg. 23 … Continue reading Doubt your ambition, not the truth

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Chesterton’s “Chord of Colour”

Ah, Chesterton, witty Christian sage! Here he expounds again on his favorite subject: how the unspiritual man blinds himself to the magnificent glories of God's creation. In this poem, we appear to have a narrator utterly besotted with his Lady fair; and yet not so besotted as to worship her at the exclusion of the … Continue reading Chesterton’s “Chord of Colour”

“Modern Elfland” by G.K. Chesterton

Our dear friend Gilbert Keith is back again! Finding various poems of his online was a treat, and this particular one spoke to me the most. In it, the narrator, a native of fairyland, returns to his home to find it overtaken by industry and modernity. It's a horrible, heartbreaking sight. The trees, I gather, … Continue reading “Modern Elfland” by G.K. Chesterton

Chesterton On Democratic Civilization, Human Nature, and Telegraph Poles

Frequent contributor Mr. Chesterton here again, this time with a little story and rumination combination. What’s it about? Well, as my post title suggests, Democratic Civilization, Human Nature, and the titular Telegraph Poles. I've decided not to enclose the text in WordPress' "block quotes," because that narrows the margins and italicizes the text, making a … Continue reading Chesterton On Democratic Civilization, Human Nature, and Telegraph Poles

The Moral and Artistic Virtue of Lying Awake in Bed

This next feature comes again from the devastatingly practical G.K. Chesterton. His essays, so many of which can be found online here and here, are addicting for their freshness, focus, droll wit, and sheer enlightening goodness. Every time I read him I gain both pleasure and insight, and a higher praise than that to give … Continue reading The Moral and Artistic Virtue of Lying Awake in Bed

Book Review: Tales Before Narnia

Title: Tales Before Narnia: The Roots of Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction Editor: Douglas A. Anderson Format: Book; Collection of short stories and poems Pages: 339 Published: 2008, by Del Rey Reason for Beginning: Lewis is one of my “literary mentors,” as it were, in both fantasy and philosophy, and I love exploring the things … Continue reading Book Review: Tales Before Narnia

When We Suddenly Look Up and Realize that Reality is Wondrous

My Tigana review shall be coming shortly, and before it does shall come a review of G.K. Chesterton's "The Coloured Lands". To shed light on that review, I am featuring here an excerpt from Chesterton's essay "The Artistic Side," in which he ruminates on the startling beauty of colors, and what that might mean. I … Continue reading When We Suddenly Look Up and Realize that Reality is Wondrous