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Language  English
Originally published  1908
Genre  Christian apologetics
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Publication date  1908
Author  G. K. Chesterton
Country  United Kingdom
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Media type  Print (hardback & paperback)
Similar  Works by G K Chesterton, Christianity books, Christian theology books

Orthodoxy (1908) is a book by G. K. Chesterton that has become a classic of Christian apologetics. Chesterton considered this book a companion to his other work, Heretics, writing it expressly in response to G.S. Street's criticism of the earlier work, "that he was not going to bother about his theology until I had really stated mine". In the book's preface Chesterton states the purpose is to "attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian faith can be believed, but of how he personally has come to believe it." In it, Chesterton presents an original view of Christian religion. He sees it as the answer to natural human needs, the "answer to a riddle" in his own words, and not simply as an arbitrary truth received from somewhere outside the boundaries of human experience.

The book was written when Chesterton was an Anglican. He converted to Catholicism 14 years later. Chesterton chose the title, Orthodoxy, to focus instead on the plainness of the Apostles' Creed, though he admitted the general sound of the title was "a thinnish sort of thing".

Orthodoxy was influential in the conversion of Theodore Maynard to Roman Catholicism.

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Orthodoxy (book) Wikipedia


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