I think Chesterton Would Absolutely Love The Republic of Užupis

It a neighborhood in the capital of Lithuania–Vilnius–that seceded on April 1, 1997. Wikipedia gives the scoop. The Republic has… its own flag, currency, president, cabinet of ministers, a constitution written by Romas Lileikis and Thomas Chepaitis, an anthem, and an army (numbering approximately 11 men). They celebrate this independence annually on Užupis Day, which [Read More…]

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Great Moments in Chestertonian Ecumenism

On Reformation Day, it is customary, in Protestant America, for Catholics to pause and beat their breast about how the Church had it coming and the Reformation bore so much wonderful fruit. (Usually, the latter claim is used to justify the former). Now it’s true that the Reformation bore good fruit. So, for that matter, [Read More…]

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Chesterton on “The Dragon’s Grandmother”

A delightful rant on the sanity of fairy tales and the drabness of modern (and postmodern) lit: Folk lore means that the soul is sane, but that the universe is wild and full of marvels. Realism means that the world is dull and full of routine, but that the soul is sick and screaming. The [Read More…]

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Hey Chestertonians!

Two things.  First: Dear Friends of the Seattle G. K. Chesterton Society, Apologies for the previous announcement, which was prematurely sent!  Please delete it and refer to the information below, which has the correct date and other information! We are happy to announce our first event of this new season, Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 [Read More…]

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Charlie Broadway Has a Healthy Instinct

…to just stick with the sanity of the Church and not pledge allegiance to our increasingly insane political tribes. More like this guy, please.  Especially since he gives me an excuse to quote one of my favorite passages from Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, a rebuke to our lunatic age and an endlessly refreshing fountain of sanity: The [Read More…]

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Chesterton’s Cause Gets Under Way

Here’s an interview with the indefatigably good-humored Dale Ahlquist, who is in the front ranks of Chesterton’s cause. [Read more…]

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Yup

“I do think that one of the characteristics of our age is the growth of this culture of offendedness. It has to do with the rise of identity politics, where you’re invited to define your identity quite narrowly – you know, Western, Islamic, whatever it might be. … Classically, we have defined ourselves by the [Read More…]

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What a Magnificently Chestertonian Story

He hath cast down the WalMarts in their arrogance, and lifted up the meek and lowly. [Read more…]

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Big Big News for Chestertonians!

Dale Ahlquist just announced at the American Chesterton Society Conference: Martin Thompson says that Bishop Peter Doyle “has given me permission to report that the Bishop of Northampton is sympathetic to our wishes and is seeking a suitable cleric to begin an investigation into the potential for opening a cause for Chesterton.” Dale once famously [Read More…]

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Why Caesar Supports the Sexual Revolution

“Nobody has really discussed the alternative to the Family. The only obvious alternative is the State.… The frightful punishment of mere sex emancipation is not anarchy but bureaucracy.” – GK Chesterton, Once Again Explaining it All For You The credo of 60’s by which we still live is “Do Your Own Thing” or, as I [Read More…]

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