Man alone, as the crown of creation, bears the image of the good Creator and thus has within himself the capacity and desire to create beautiful and meaningful things for their own sake.
The Surprise G.K. Chesterton “The most monstrous of all monsters are marching across your stage, shaking the earth like dragons and chimeras; the most towering, the most terrible creatures that life ever let loose upon chaos. Stand back—stand out of their way. They are living men.” G.K. Chesterton wrote extensively on the subjects of creativity, […]
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift “Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.” Satire is at once funny and uncomfortable. G.K. Chesterton said “A man is angry at a libel because it is false, but at a satire because it is true.” As Karen […]
The Two Towers J.R.R. Tolkien “War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” G.K. Chesterton said “The true […]
Orthodoxy G.K. Chesterton 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 […]
In everything on this earth that is worth doing, there is a stage when no one would do it, except for necessity or honor. ~G.K. Chesterton, from What’s Wrong With the World? People seek praise from the time they are children, and that continues throughout adulthood. We only really mature, however when we grow from […]
When God tells you the truth, He speaks peace into your life.
“An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There’s a punishment for it, and it’s usually crucifixion.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly. This has always been the instinct of Christendom, and especially the instinct of Christian art. Remember how Fra Angelico represented all his angels, not only as birds, but almost as butterflies. Remember how the most earnest medieval art was full of light and fluttering draperies, of […]
There is at the back of all our lives an abyss of light, more blinding and unfathomable than any abyss of darkness; and it is the abyss of actuality, of existence, of the fact that things truly are, and that we ourselves are incredibly and sometimes almost incredulously real. It is the fundamental fact of […]