What if G. K. Chesterton Tweeted?

by Kirk Spencer

chestertonI know there was no Twitter around when G.K. Chesterton was around… But if there were, I’m sure these tweets would be legit:

If there were no God, there would be no atheists[1]#EvolutionaryNotRevolutionaryEnough 

Progress is Providence without God… a theory that everything has always perpetually gone right by accident… based on an everlasting coincidence far more miraculous than a miracle[2] #RiddlesOfGodSolutionsOfMan

The modern world is a crowd of very rapid racing cars all brought to a standstill and stuck in a block of traffic[3] #AllSoupedUpAndNoPlaceToGo #ReasonRacingAroundWithoutReasons

My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday[4] #NeotonyCacophony #ForwardToSunday

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions[5] #SightMakeRight #CelebrityErrors #FallacyFashions

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.[6] #StreamOfThoughtPolution

Comforts that were rare among our forefathers are now… handed out wholesale… or at least a reasonably cheap imitation[7] #CommodeCulture #PlasticPeople

An open mind is really a mark of foolishness, like an open mouth. Mouths and minds… were made to open only in order to shut… to shut it again on something solid[8] #DroolingBrains #MentalMouthBreathers

What is called matriarchy is simply moral anarchy, in which the mother alone remains fixed because all the fathers are fugitive and irresponsible.[9] #AnchorWoMan #AbsenteeDadee

Religious liberty… means that everybody is free to discuss religion.  In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it[10] #FreedomFrom #SacredSilence

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried[11] #DontGiveUp #TheNarrowWay


[1] G. K. Chesterton – Where All Roads Lead, 1922

[2] G. K. Chesterton (“Wells and the World State” What I Saw in America)

[3] G. K. Chesterton – Illustrated London News, 5/29/26

[4] G. K. Chesterton – New York Times Magazine, 2/11/23

[5] G. K. Chesterton 1930

[6] G. K. Chesterton – Everlasting Man, 1925

[7] G. K. Chesterton – Commonwealth, 1933

[8] G. K. Chesterton – Illustrated London News. October 10, 1908 and Autobiography. Collected Works Vol. 16, p. 212.”

[9] G. K. Chesterton – The Everlasting Man, CW II, p.186

[10] G. K. Chesterton – Autobiography, 1937

[11] G. K. Chesterton – Chapter 5, What’s Wrong With The World, 1910.

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