Saturday, February 03, 2007

G. K. Chesterton makes the case for atheism

I just reread The Innocence of Father Brown, a series of little murder mysteries set in upper-class British I guess fin-de-si├Ęcle society. The protagonist is a plain little Catholic priest who's much smarter and righter than everybody else; it becomes a bit grating quickly. When I read the book many years ago I had the sense of the argument it makes for Catholicism. Now, noting how Chesterton deals with the secondary characters (an atheist murders a man about to give money to the church; a charismatic sun-worshiper is an American fraud/murderer; a Hindu wants only pure annihilation; an Anglican curate is a murderer, and the Presbyterian blacksmith is maniacally intolerant) I have a sense of a man desperate to be right.

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Blogger crionna said...

I have a sense of a man desperate to be right

I didn't have to read at all, just the picture on the first page said that...

I hope all is well with you Rilkefan...

4/2/07 00:47  
Blogger rilkefan said...

crionna in a bookstore - well, that's too snarky; instead I salute your eye.

The family R is doing pretty well, thanks. Regards to you and yours.

4/2/07 09:36  

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