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Chesterton: Skepticism, Determinism, and Common Sense

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

“It was not that I began by believing in supernormal things. It was that the unbelievers began by disbelieving even in normal things. It was the secularists who drove me to theological ethics, by themselves destroying any sane or rational possibility of secular ethics. I might myself have been a secularist, so long as it meant that I could be merely responsible to secular society. It was the Determinist who told me, at the top of his voice, that I could not be responsible at all.  And as I rather like being treated as a responsible being, and not as a lunatic let out for the day, I began to look around for some spiritual asylum that was not merely a lunatic asylum.

“On that day, in short, I escaped from an error, which still entangles many better men than myself. (more…)

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