Don’t be an Imbecile (G.K. Chesterton)

I know people who like calling another an ass…well here’s a synonym for a change of pace and with more syllables. People who use more syllables have more heart. Ok so that’s just my theory. Same goes for bigger muscles…ok kidding on that…half kidding…

So today’s word is IMBECILE. G.K. Chesterton used this word to describe the action of chronological snobbery. This is one of the many traits of modernism (that new is good and old is bad). We’ve seen this not only in church, but everywhere else as well. But it’s the worst to see it in church. Not opposing novelty, we should not be so quick to throw away our rich history and traditions we built up that helped sanctify our greatest saints. And since skeptism is at the heart of our present postmodern culture, why aren’t we applying that skepticism on our novel ideas. Maybe we shouldn’t neglect the art of #goingOldSchool

Not that old is always better, but there are practices in the past that has proved to be objectively worthy and sacred regardless of time. Now, I turn it over to the overweight G.K.Chesterton (more pounds means more love of God’s provisions)

“An imbecile habit has arisen in modern controversy of saying that such and such a creed can be held in one age but cannot be held in another. Some dogma, we are told, was credible in the twelfth century, but is not credible in the twentieth. You might as well say that a certain philosophy can be believed on Mondays, but cannot be believed on Tuesdays. You might as well say of a view of the cosmos that is was suitable to half-past three but not suitable to half-past four. What a man can believe depends upon his philosophy, not upon the clock or the century.” -G.K. Chesterton in his book Orthodoxy, page 135.

With love and prayers,

Mike Panlilio


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