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Shelves: thought It is with extreme reluctance that I condemn this work as worthless. The person who recommended it to me is one whose opinion and learning I respect greatly. In fact, the term "mixed metaphor" is an entirely inappropriate descriptor. One would need to use exponents to keep track of the metaphors and smilies that he heaps upon It is with extreme reluctance that I condemn this work as worthless. One would need to use exponents to keep track of the metaphors and smilies that he heaps upon one another in the attempt to explain his position that Christianity, has achieved some miraculous balance, solved some insolvable paradox.
Just what sort of paradox? He throws around labels like pessimist, optimist, anarchist, agnostic, atheist, anti-Christian, Modernist, rationalist, mild-rationalist, pagan, Christian, Christian Scientist, and quite many more, I assure you, without ever deigning so much as to provide even rough definitions of what he means. His argument is that Christianity leads to sanity, and anyone who argues otherwise is a damn though thankfully not a damned fool: "Perhaps, after all, it is Christianity that is sane and all its critics that are mad.
They do. They unsettled mine horribly. For shame! It is only within the Christian context that one can find a worry-free and jolly existence.
And just how does Christianity function thus? It is not a mixture like russet or purple, it is rather like a shot silk, for a shot silk is always at right angles, and is in the pattern of the cross.
Ortodoxia – G. K. Chesterton
G. K. Chesterton