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‘Heretics,’ by G. K. Chesterton

Heretics is a collection of 20 essays by G. K. Chesterton and published by John Lane in 1905. While many of the chapters center on Edwardian intellectuals and literary figures, Chesterton’s themes are as relevant to the “vague moderns” of the 21st century as they were to those of the 20th. He quotes at length and argues extensively against atheist Joseph McCabe, delivers diatribes about his close personal friend and intellectual rival, George Bernard Shaw, as well as Friedrich Nietzsche, H. G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling and an array of other major intellectuals of his day, many of whom he knew personally. His topics range from cosmology to anthropology to soteriology and he argues against French nihilism, German humanism, English utilitarianism, the syncretism of “the vague modern”, Social Darwinism, eugenics, and the arrogance and misanthropy of the European intelligentsia. Together with Orthodoxy, this book is regarded as central to his corpus of moral theology. (Source: Wikipedia)

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