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.