So, GKC wrote Orthodoxy as a young 34 yr old while The Everlasting Man was written when he was already 51. Perhaps this is why the latter is a lot smoother in narrative, almost melodious. Moreover, despite his age he sounded even younger. ‘Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.’
G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man (P. S. He was being sarcastic here. :p)
GKC uses poetry and word plays to express abstract thoughts bc he knows the human soul responds to it. That the mystical w/c only the soul “sees” can be intimated in paradoxes and poetry.
"Only men digging in its deep foundation centuries after found a heap of hundreds of little skeletons, the holy relics of that religion. For Carthage fell because she was faithful to her own philosophy and had followed out to its logical conclusion her own vision of the universe. Moloch had eaten his children."
Reading Chesterton for quite some time now, I notice him time and again warn us how society’s elites would wage war against ‘the Child’ (or children). If the ancient world sacrificed its own children for the “gods” to deliver “the goods”, how different is mass abortion delivering “convenience”.
Can’t get enough of Chesterton reason #100067843: Because popular culture is bankrupt of lucid thinkers like GK Chesterton. Meanwhile, there’s joy in discovering the truth. Still quoting from The Everlasting Man:
★Paganism is an attempt to reach the divine reality through the imagination alone; in its own field reason does not restrain it at all.
★The rivers of mythology and philosophy run parallel and do not mingle till they meet in the sea of Christendom. Simple secularists still talk as if the Church had introduced a sort of schism between reason and religion. The truth is that the Church was actually the first thing that ever tried to combine reason and religion.
★Mythology, then, sought god through the imagination; […] But the imagination has its own laws and therefore its own triumphs, which neither logicians nor men of science can understand (ie. the comparative religion scholars).
★It remained true to that imaginative instinct through a thousand extravagances. […] Therefore we all feel what is meant by Prometheus stealing fire from heaven, until some prig of a pessimist or progressive person explains what it means.
★In this sense it is true that it is the ignorant who accept myths, but only because it is the ignorant who appreciate poems.
What I like most about Chesterton is he loves pointing out where one idea ends and another begins. He’s not a “lazy” thinker like most modern intellectuals. Anyway, here he is as he debunks comparative religion. That mythology and paganism is not exactly the same as religion.
★ Mythology is the psychology of daydreams.
★ It provides Man dates for festivities and formalities but NOT a Creed.
★ The degree of ‘seriousness’ for the pagan’s actions (eg. offering of sacrifice) vary. “The pagan does not disbelieve like an atheist, any more than he believes like a Christian.”
★ However, to offer sacrifice to the gods is “the idea of surrendering something as the portion of the unknown powers; of pouring of wine upon the ground, of throwing a ring into the sea. […] There is really much more idea that the man will be the better for losing the ox than that the god will be the better for getting it.”
★ He continues, sacrifice is “of putting something in the other balance to ballast our dubious pride. […] This deep truth of the danger of insolence, or being too big for our boots, runs through all the great Greek tragedies and makes them great.”