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Ross Douthat’s Chestertonian Catholicism

April 29, 2012

Admirers of GK Chesterton would do well to check out this fascinating and wide ranging discussion of  Catholicism between Ross Douthat and Andrew Sullivan.  Douthat only mentions Chesterton by name once, but the Chestertonian influence is everywhere apparent — particularly in Douthat’s definition of a heretic as someone who has attempted to smooth over the paradoxes of Christianity to create a simpler, more rationally acceptable faith.

Andrew Sullivan plays the heretic, offering a one-sided take on Christianity that would sharply divide morality from politics, culture from law, a God that is “beyond the beyond” from the Trinitarian God, and Christ’s resurrected spirit from his resurrected body.  In each of these instances, Douthat makes a compelling case for the Catholic synthesis, so brilliantly expounded in Chesterton’s “Orthodoxy,”  of apparent opposites.

 

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