YIMC Book Club Vote — Down to the Wire!

Posted by Webster
There are less than twelve hours left in our vote for the next YIM Catholic Book Club book, and it’s a two-horse race, and it’s nose to nose in the stretch. Make your vote count, citizens of YIMC World! Will it be Hillaire Belloc’s The Great Heresies or C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity?

It may help to know who the jockeys are: our own Frank Weathers nominated The Great Heresies and our favorite Chicagoan, Warren Jewell, put up Mere Christianity. Just so you know who you’re betting on.

So—if you haven’t voted yet—and want to make a difference, move your eyes right and your fingers to the mouse. Point. Click. Vote.

And—if you’ve voted already—you’re going to have to get friends with other computers to help stuff the ballot box. Remember, one of the jockeys is from . . . Chicago.

  • Warren Jewell

    If we're going to compare this to a horse race, folks should know that the only time I mounted a nag in earnest, he took not one step but bit my foot to get rid of me. I took the 'hint' while my shoe leather held up.Here in Chicago, I have whole Catholic-ethnic cemeteries of voters lined up if we have to stuff at the end. (I just have to hope that these now-late devout Catholics don't find out I'm backing an Anglican. They believed in anything Protestant the way they believed in dieting.)I'm getting geared for either book – though I'll have to order 'The Great (so-to-speak) Heresies' if it wins. Lordy, it's G.O.O.D to be Catholic and studying and telling 'why'.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11978887767364916126 Gorgasal

    Belloc's "Great Heresies" is online, courtesy of EWTN:http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/metabook/heresies.htmlShouldn't this be enough to push Belloc ahead? ;-) BTW: I find it interesting that Belloc and "Mere Christianity" are neck-to-neck. AFAIK, Belloc was quite unenthusiastic about Lewis' book. See Ian Ker's "The Catholic Revival in English Literature, 1845-1961", which discusses Newman, Hopkins, Belloc, Chesterton, Greene and Waugh – and which I heartily recommend.But no matter who wins: I'm looking forward to the discussion!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Gorgasal: Very good point in this tough economy! Is there a rule I have to stay 50 feet away from the polling place???

  • Warren Jewell

    Gorgasal has a very valid point – made more so by the immediate availability of the text via EWTN. However, if we take on Belloc's 'Great Heresies', we must use the online text if for no other reason than: "This [online] book consists of seven chapters (which are numbered slightly inconsistently in the text files below)"No use confusing us in the peanut gallery, eh?

  • Warren Jewell

    It's looking like a tie – Webster, I vote that we let Father Barnes choose and become the tie-breaker, if it comes to that.BTW, I've read the intro to Belloc's 'Heresies' – sounds like Hilaire, there is a bit of the debater in his writing. I am surprised I have not read this work of his before.

  • Webster Bull

    Now so fast, Warren. There are 2 1/2 hours before the polls close, and I'm staying up. The Chicago exit polls are suspicious. . . .

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Yeah. Lots of sequential IP addresses ligting up the boards in the Great Lakes region. Hmmmmm.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00082345889350401296 A Thespian in the Desert

    It looks like "Mere Christianity" by a hoof (of course, this is not official yet…)! I've already downloaded it onto my Blackberry. There is also the book, in its entirety, online (you can download it as a PDF file) alongside an audio rendering: http://www.truthaccordingtoscripture.com/documents/apologetics/mere-christianity/cs-lewis-mere-christianity-toc.phpI would love to join the conversation, regardless of the winner. Shawn

  • Warren Jewell

    One hour and many Chicago folk lining up to push the tally for – well – I ain't confessing anymore than I have. I have assured them that they will not have to file book reports nor actually have to learn to read 'real' books. I think I would blush to learn what they mean, then, by 'not-real' books. Still and all, half held their hands up when asked who had their Rosary with them. Only some few were still up when I asked them if they remembered the Sorrowful Mysteries. It is heartening that none acted defiantly, and a few shed a tear. And, now I have another Rosary to say waiting for the vote count results because I said that I'd pray the Sorrowful Mysteries for their salvation.Chicago Catholic ethnic types are such a mysterious lot: love their pastors and parish, hate the folks at the next parish over.

  • Warren Jewell

    Why do I have this feeling that if 'Mere Christianity' wins, it'll have a significant 'sympathy vote' group in there."Gotta vote with that Jewell character – he's a lot dumber than the blog guys and needs all the help he can get."

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11978887767364916126 Gorgasal

    Well, well, well. It seems the Chicago post-mortem voters have carried the day.I've already bookmarked the Thespian's link – thanks a lot! When do we start? The entire book is 33 chapters, that will take a while, unless the Powers That Be decree that multiple chapters will be discussed at a time.But Belloc will be votable the next time around again, right?

  • Webster Bull

    Further comments on this **hot political topic** may be made at the updated post— “It’s the Anglican by a Nose!”


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