Category Archives: Romantic Rationalism

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On Gargoyles by G.K. Chesterton

ALONE at some distance from the wasting walls of a disused abbey I found half sunken in the grass the grey and goggle-eyed visage of one of those graven monsters that made the ornamental water-spouts in the cathedrals of the … Continue reading

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Of Truth by Sir Francis Bacon

What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. Certainly there be, that delight in giddiness, and count it a bondage to fix a belief; affecting free-will in thinking, as well as in acting. And though … Continue reading

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The Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton

A sunset of copper and gold had just broken down and gone to pieces in the west, and grey colours were crawling over everything in earth and heaven; also a wind was growing, a wind that laid a cold finger … Continue reading

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Philosophy for the Schoolroom by G.K. Chesterton

Daily News, June 22, 1907 (quoted in Maycock, pp. 91-93) What modern people want to be made to understand is simply that all argument begins with an assumption; that is, with something that you do not doubt. You can, of course, … Continue reading

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Quick Guide to Being More Rational

Don’t be an irrational person…think! Develop habits of thinking well, and engaging the world with everything you have: mind and body, body and soul, ideas with action, thinking with gratitude… Originally posted 2011-10-24 12:39:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Roots of the World by G.K. Chesterton

Once upon a time a little boy lived in a garden in which he was permitted to pick the flowers but forbidden to pull them up by the roots. There was, however, one particular plant, insignificant, somewhat thorny, with a … Continue reading

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The God in the Cave by G. K. Chesterton

Traditions in art and literature and popular fable have quite sufficiently attested, as has been said, this particular paradox of the divine being in the cradle. Perhaps they have not so clearly emphasised the significance of the divine being in … Continue reading

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Myths and Metaphors by G. K. Chesterton

Originally published in The Illustrated London News, 26th January 1929. (Source: G. K. Chesterton, Collected Works, Volume XXXV, The Illustrated London News 1929-1931, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1991. Pages 29-33.)   What I venture to criticize in certain men, whom some call scientists … Continue reading

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The Relevance of Truth

Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero (1st Century BC, non-Christian) There is a lot of nonsense about the importance of truth from skeptics and atheists nowadays. Why should truth be important in … Continue reading

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What is Rationality?

The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.” – GK Chesterton (Orthodoxy) Rationality is a part of the healthy human condition, as the result of being … Continue reading

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