I’m Reading: Heretics

Heretics

By G.K. Chesterton

Heretics is the companion volume to the previously published Orthodoxy in Hendrickson’s Christian Classics series. In Heretics G. K. Chesterton unmasks the heresies of contemporary thinking by exposing the faulty thinking of popular notions, especially apparent in the arts. An often overlooked book that contains some of Chesterton’s strongest writing, the author takes on the “heresies” of modern thought, such as negativism, relativism, neo-paganism, puritanism, aestheticism, and individualism. The book includes one of his best essays: “On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of Family.”

This 1905 collection of articles focuses on the era’s “heretics”: those who pride themselves on their superiority to conservative views. Chesterton’s companion volume to Orthodoxy asseses such artists and writers as Kipling, Shaw, Wells, and Whistler with the author’s characteristic wisdom and good humor.

Orthodoxy is one of my favorite books of all time, so I have decided to read Heretics, its prequel. I am drawn to Chresterton because he was an author and journalist who took on the false worldviews of his time with verve and humor. If I may say so, he is an inspiration to ink-stained wretches like me.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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