In his scintillating prose, one of the twentieth century's great writers explains the values and ideas that constitute the foundation of Christianity. G. K. Chesterton adopts an informal style in his scholarly arguments in favor of faith as an affirmation of human freedom. He elaborates on his assertions through analogy, imagery, and personal anecdotes, with ample doses of his characteristic humor. Although written and published nearly a century ago, Chesterton's reasoning and observations appear as fresh and inspired today as they must have seemed to his contemporaries.
Orthodoxy was written as a follow-up to one of Chesterton's earlier books, Heretics, because it had been criticized for censuring contemporary philosophies without providing alternatives. Sardonic, jolly, and generous, both books are vintage Chesterton.
Unabridged republication of the edition published by Dodd, Mead, & Company, New York, 1908.