Childish things

It is a common charge against Christians that they hold as true things which are not grounded in reality. They are overly credulous, still holding beliefs that belong to a more childish time. “Yes,” it is said, “I used to go to church and I also used to believe in the tooth fairy.”

G. K. Chesterton wrote in Orthodoxy:

“What has really happened is exactly the opposite of what they said would happen. They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians.  Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my old childlike faith in practical politics. I am still as much concerned as ever about the Battle of Armageddon; but I am not so much concerned about the General Election. As a babe I leapt up on my mother’s knee at the mere mention of it.  No; the vision is always solid and reliable.  The vision is always a fact.  It is the reality that is often a fraud. As much as I ever did, more than I ever did, I believe in Liberalism. But there was a rosy time of innocence when I believed in Liberals.”

As for myself, I believe as strongly as ever in the importance of truth and the quest to understand the universe. But I have been involved with science too long to still believe that it holds all the answers – or even all of the interesting questions.

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Related posts:

Children of God?

Chesterton on Miracles

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2 thoughts on “Childish things

  1. Thanks for the post. Isn’t Chesterton wonderful? I really like the last line of the post–neither answers nor questions.

  2. Only recently started reading him, but yes – he’s great! I’m really enjoying his writing style, too. We forget sometimes that the classics endure because they are, well, classics.

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