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Thursday, October 19, 2006

How I Believe G.K. Chesterton Would Respond to Postmodernism

The people who are the most bigoted are the people who have no convictions at all.

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.

The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.

Is one religion as good as another? Is one horse in the Derby as good as another?

There is a case for telling the truth; there is a case for avoiding the scandal; but there is no possible defense for the man who tells the scandal, but does not tell the truth.

The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice.

Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it.


G. K. Chesterton English author & mystery novelist (1874 - 1936)

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Blogger Brian Douglas said...

Habermas in his two volume work "The Theory of Communicative Action" distinguishes between 'system paradigm' and 'lifeworld'. System paradigm is all embracing whereas lifeworld is tradition and person specific. This is not to say that there is no truth in a lifeworld but a lifeworld is not 'the' only truth. Contrary to the first sentence you quote from Chesterton, the problem may well be that the most bogoted people are those who hold their convictions as 'the' truth and deny that there are other lifeworlds. Habermas has really done us the favour of suggesting that there is something more fundamental than lifeworlds. It seems to me in my research on Anglican eucharistic theology that there are many in Anglicanism who see the lifeworld of their eucharistic theology as 'the' only truth and deny the truth of other's lifeworlds. At the same time it seems to me that the more fundamental issues of the paradigm which is Anglican eucharistic theology emerges, for example, when we attempt to examine the multiformity of the Anglican eucharistic tradition, expressed as it is by a variety of philosophical assumptions underlying the eucharistic theology. I think it is this fundamental or universal that Rowan Williams attempted to address in his recent reflection on the Anglican Communion. Here he acknowledged the existence of lifeworlds but pointed us all to something more fundamental.

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