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Using Chesterton as a proper response to the idiocy encapsulated by PZ Myers and his ilk January 2, 2007

Posted by Administrator in atheism, Catholicism, Smart People.

Said idiocy usually amounting to little more than the following:

Religion is evil

Religion’s adherents are stupid

Atheism is the only sensble way to view the universe.

Meanwhile, Chesterton has stomped this fooishness flat close to 100 years ago.

From “Conversion and the Catholic Church:”

“To become a Catholic is not to leave off thinking, but to learn how to think. It is so in exactly the same sense in which to recover from palsy is not to leave off moving but to learn how to move. The Catholic convert has for the first time a starting-point for straight and strenuous thinking. He has for the first time a way of testing the truth in any question that he raises. As the world goes, especially at present, it is the other people, the heathen and the heretics, who seem to have every virtue except the power of connected thought. There was indeed a brief period when a small minority did some hard thinking on the heathen or heretical side. It barely lasted from the time of Voltaire to the time of Huxley. It has now entirely disappeared. What is now called free thought is valued, not because it is free thought, but because it is freedom from thought; because it is free thoughtlessness.”(Bold text provided by Site Administrator)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you GK Chesterton, Man for the Ages.



1. brian t - January 2, 2007

I’m not getting this. GK Chesterton makes a series of unsubstantiated statements, and you happen to agree with them, and… that’s atheism debunked, once and for all? Oh ye unbelievers, quake before the wrath of a grumpy old dead person. 8)

2. Turandot - January 3, 2007

Thanks very much for the lovely Chesterton quote!

I’ve been wanting to express my genuine and deep empathy
re: your dad’s death, but haven’t been able to find the words.
Having lost both my parents before I celebrated my 40th
birthday, I think I understand the emotional impact you’ve

Keep your chin up.

I hope 2007 brings you the best life can offer!

Wonderful blog!

3. demolition65 - January 3, 2007

Re; Brian: and what is wrong with citing dead people? I suppose you are also of the opinion that Aristotle and St. Paul are also invalid, due to teh fact they are dead? And how is his writing unsubstantiated? He is dead on in his assessment of meaningful thought emanating from the atheists.

Turandot, thank you for your kind words, and my sympathies on losing your parents before 40.

4. Daniel Morgan - January 5, 2007

There is nothing wrong with citing people.

It simply doesn’t amount to an argument.

Neither Chesterson nor yourself deign to present one, or evidence to support it, that atheism is no longer a thinking man’s position and that Catholicism is.

I would be delighted to read such an effort on your part.

5. demolition65 - January 5, 2007

I’m amazed this little nothing post is stirring such commentary.

I’ll accept your gentlemenly challenge shortly, Mr. Morgan. There is right this minute the minor inconvenience of classes to teach and whatnot.

6. demolition65 - January 5, 2007

However, I will say this much, re: you “eximony” from. . .I think it was. . .”exchrisitians.net”:
I cannot defend the intellectual position of god’s nonexistence. . .am an agnostic to friends, an atheist to everyone else.”

Dude, if you can’t defend your atheism, you’re an agnostic for real, as you actually don’t really know.

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