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Review by Marcia M. Jamrog:

We LOVE this magazine, it is practical, humorous, full of useful info, and scaled to normal living, not decorator hype. Published in Canada, it seems to have a tone of simplicity and common sense. It is geared to the camp or cottage owner and great for off-season reading, when you want to stay psyched about the camp until you can get back there. One great article walked us through the entire “opening up” procedure, in exhaustive but hilarious detail. We own a very small in-process camp on a lake in northern New England.

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Heretics (Penny Books)

Nothing more strangely indicates an enormous and silent evil of modern society than the extraordinary use which is made nowadays of the word “orthodox.” In former days the heretic was proud of not being a heretic. It was the kingdoms of the world and the police and the judges who were heretics. He was orthodox. He had no pride in having rebelled against them; they had rebelled against him. The armies with their cruel security, the kings with their cold faces, the decorous processes of State, the reasonable processes of law–all these like sheep had gone astray. The man was proud of being orthodox, was proud of being right. If he stood alone in a howling wilderness he was more than a man; he was a church. He was the centre of the universe; it was round him that the stars swung. All the tortures torn out of forgotten hells could not make him admit that he was heretical. But a few modern phrases have made him boast of it. He says, with a conscious laugh, “I suppose I am very heretical,” and looks round for applause. The word “heresy” not only means no longer being wrong; it practically means being clear-headed and courageous. The word “orthodoxy” not only no longer means being right; it practically means being wrong. All this can mean one thing, and one thing only. It means that people care less for whether they are philosophically right. For obviously a man ought to confess himself crazy before he confesses himself heretical. The Bohemian, with a red tie, ought to pique himself on his orthodoxy. The dynamiter, laying a bomb, ought to feel that, whatever else he is, at least he is orthodox. — Gilbert K. Chesterson

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Review by Michael JR Jose:

A 1905 collection of twenty Victorian journalistic essays and articles still worth reading, and not merely on historical or nostalgic grounds? Some pieces are of mainly historical interest, but not most. Neither is it a ‘religious title’, in fact it is nearly irreligious in places. It merely takes issue with arty types like Mr. Kipling, G.B. Shaw, H.G. Wells, and Whistler. It is also vintage Chesterton, at his usual paradoxical, oblique, witty, funny, slapstick, sardonic, jolly, and generous best.It is a positive and happy book, but it was accused of Negativism in its day (Kafka said Chesterton was so full of joy that you might almost suppose ‘he had found God’–perverse but honest.) Another exasperated opponent, said that if he was so clever and all-knowing he should write down his own personal positive beliefs. So he did. They are still read today, and many who enjoy ‘Orthodoxy’ (1908) will enjoy this, its progenitor too, which is impossible to summarize, so I have given a thumbnail of each chapter.CONTENTS
Chapter 1. Introductory remarks on the importance of orthodoxy
The examined life – meaninglessness of modern subjective attitudes of not owning your own point of view. Decline of respect for reason and rational argument – political correctness, or ‘Good taste, the last and vilest of human superstitions’. To know a man’s worldview is to know him. Pernicious effects of subjectivism in literature and the arts.2. On the negative spirit
Essential need for positive belief – no society can prosper on negative laws alone. Progress in human rights of liberty, education, free speech, and tolerance are only guaranteed with ‘a definite creed and a cast-iron code of morals’.3. On Mr. Rudyard Kipling and making the world small
Kipling considerable poet but no true patriot, but proto-fascist. [GKC probably first to spot this.] Worships strength and discipline, empire-building, for their own sake. ‘He admires England, but he does not love her’.4. Mr. Bernard Shaw***GOOD***
[GKC being good friend of GBS.] GBS brilliant and witty, but hopeless subjectivist. GBS attacks all pretensions as ‘every moral generalization oppressed the individual; the golden rule was there is no golden rule’. But then why should we allow Him to make the One Rule that rules them all? Perpetrates errors of sociologist/anthropologist, still with us today.5. Mr. H.G. Wells and the giants***GOOD***
Wells’ faith in Evolutionism (as opposed to evolution) shown to be false – ‘the scientific fallacy…of not beginning with the human soul…but with some such thing as protoplasm’. The demonstrable fact of original sin in the universal existence of selfishness. Wells’ Utopia assumes selfishness can be cured by ignoring it, not curing it. ‘Heresy of immoral hero-worship’ (ie, celebrity).6. Christmas and the aesthetes
Essential nature of ritual. Attacks ‘The religion of Comte, generally known as Positivism, or the worship of humanity’. Comte’s attempt to institute a secular religion – ritual the only sensible part of his theory as it expresses the deepest meaning and emotion. ‘Take away what is supernatural, and what remains is the unnatural.’7. Omar and the sacred vine***EXCELLENT***
Correct attitude to wine and the good things of life. Not a mere mean between excess and teetotalism but a proper enjoyment of what is good. ‘Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable…poetical drinking…is joyous and instinctive’. ‘Happiness is a mystery like religion, and should never be rationalized…If we are to be truly gay, we must believe that there is some eternal gaiety in the nature of things.’8. The mildness of the yellow press
Tabloids. No so much sensational as stunted, mendacious, and silly. [So no change there then.]9. The moods of Mr. George Moore
Satirical. Pride, least attractive of all faults. 10. On sandals and simplicity
Gentle mockery of the vegetarian impulse.11. Science and the savages***GOOD***
Materialism (philosophical). Sociology/anthropology inadequate methodology. Starts by excluding what they pretend to disprove existence of. Study of primitives less revealing than study of one’s own soul. [cf. Pascal Boyer]12. Paganism and Mr. Lowes Dickinson***EXCELLENT***
Dickinson represents ancient Greeks as ‘an ideal of full and satisfied humanity’, ie, he is a humanist/New Ager. Replaced by Christianity because rational but sad pagan virtues such as justice and temperance insufficient. Great Christian virtue is humility. Mystical and happy values of faith, hope, and charity are essential, even if seem irrational.13. Celts and Celtophiles***GOOD***
Race: a non-concept [genetically ahead of his time!]. Nationhood: a definable spiritual concept. Irish a nation, not a race.14. On certain modern writers and the institution of the family
Defence of the family against Nietzsche & co.15. On smart novelists and the smart set
Analysis of ‘penny dreadfuls’ and ‘halfpenny novelettes’.
16. On Mr. McCabe and a divine frivolity
Use of humor defended in serious debate (against po-faced atheist).17. On the wit of Whistler***EXCELLENT***
Errors of relativism in art as in ethics: illustration of the mutable camel. The artist Whistler: ‘He was one of those people who always live up to their emotional incomes, who are always taut and tingling with vanity’. Three type of satirist who are also great men (illustrated by Rabelais, Swift, and Pope. Whistler talked too much about his art to be a great artist.18. The fallacy of the young nation
A nation may be chronologically young and spiritually old, or vice versa. Eg, Ancient Greece and America.19. Slum novelists and the slums***EXCELLENT***
Patronizing novelists writing of the lower classes, eg Somerset Maugham. Undemocracy in Britain.20. Concluding remarks on the importance of orthodoxy
‘Man can be defined as the animal that makes dogmas.’
‘If we want doctrines we go to great artists.’
‘The more we are certain what good is, the more we shall see good in everything.’
‘We have a general view of existence, whether we like it or not; it alters, or, to speak more accurately, it creates and involves everything we say and do, whether we like it or not.’ True.

Review by Derek M. Foster:

This book is a sort of prequal to Chesterton’s most famous apologetic work, “Orthodoxy.” “Heretics” is a collection of papers that Chesterton wrote to expose what he considered to be the unhealthy philosophies of his day. A critic later wrote of this work, “I will begin to worry about my philosophy…when Mr. Chesterton has given us his.” Chesterton then wrote the book “Orthodoxy” in response to that comment.

With that said, it is well to note that “Heretics” and “Orthodoxy” should be read almost as a single work. From the viewpoint of Chesterton, “Heretics” is the critique of bad philosophy and “Orthodoxy” is the defense of good philosophy.

The trouble with “Heretics” is that it is such a local book. What I mean is that this book is a series of analytical criticisms of specific men during that specific time period (late 19th century to early 20th century) and it is easy to miss the points Chesterton makes if you are not familiar with the philosophies and views of the men he is critiquing. That isn’t to say this book isn’t one Chesterton’s finest works. Yet, I would certainly reccomend “Heretics: The Annotated Edition” to anyone who is not very familiar with these particular early 20th century English writers which he is referring to in this book. The annotated edition makes it much easier to see what Chesterton is saying. For although people change over time, philosophies generally remain the same; and that is why Chesterton’s criticisms of these philosophies are still relevant. And as stated earlier, this book, in a way, sets up the groundwork for “Orthodoxy,” which is still considered a masterpiece; and almost certainly worth reading for anyone who does not understand or sympathize with the sentiment and romance of the Christian faith.

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