Christianity’s paradox: Chesterton after Kierkegaard

Murphy, Peter (2016) Christianity’s paradox: Chesterton after Kierkegaard. Budhi: A Journal of Culture and Ideas, 20 (3). pp. 1-21.

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Abstract

A convert to Catholicism, G.K. Chesterton was a leading intellectual of the British Edwardian age and one of the important social and religious thinkers of the twentieth century. His trademark was paradox. He wrote in defense of the imagination and the corralling of opposites, oppositions, contradictions and bountiful inconsistencies. The article explores Chesterton’s views on faith, religion, God, Christianity, Islam, modernity, change, and progress. It locates him in a philosophical stream that sees laughter and comedy as a religious disguise, paradox as a creative force, and the imagination as a necessary complement of reason. This is framed by a discussion of Chesterton’s thoughts about the importance of limits and boundaries in defining good actions and good societies.

Item ID: 53270
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2243-7886
Keywords: paradox; laughter; comedy; imagination; faith; reason; Christianity; modernity; limits
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2018 23:37
FoR Codes: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2203 Philosophy > 220319 Social Philosophy @ 60%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History) @ 40%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies @ 60%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 40%
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