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June 18, 2008

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Fred Farnsworth

I believe - better than any of us thought we deserved. We had had the great privilege, for three days, of learning more about this Idea, the foundational idea of creation, from G.K. Chesterton, a clear-eyed observer and merry servant of the Idea... the Word, the Logos.

labrialumn

I missed you and Joseph Pearce? What have I done? And the best time there I've ever heard of. I must have done something wrong.

Anon Y. Mous

I wonder if the people in these conferences ever get around to discussing some of Chesterton's rather questionable remarks about "the Jewish problem". It must make for an interesting topic of discussion.

Foxfier

Sounds like good folks.

I'm slowly getting into reading Mr. Cheserton's works-- smart guy.

Mr. Mous-
two seconds of google brought up this:
http://www.chesterton.org/discover/lectures/35newjerusalem.html
The most devastating accusation against G.K. Chesterton is that he was an anti-Semite. It has been repeated so many times that not only do his enemies assume it be fact, so do many of his friends. They ignore the fact that Chesterton was a great defender of the Jews, from his schoolboy days to the day of his death. So why does the charge persist? Two reasons. One, it is a convenient way to discredit Chesterton altogether. The charge itself is as good as a guilty verdict; it suggests a fundamental flaw in Chesterton that must therefore make all of his writing suddenly suspect, especially his defense of Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. Two, it ensures that Chesterton's honest (and sympathetic) criticisms of the Jews will not be taken seriously, but will be immediately dismissed or ignored as anti-Semitic ravings.

This has the ring of truth....

Yes, please post comments on the speakers.

Yes, please post comments on the speakers.

Dan

I once had Jimmy's blog link on the top of my favorite bookmarks for quick access. I have now buried it under my other numerous favorites that I do not access on a regular basis. I still have great admiration and respect for Jimmy, but his blog is not as good as it used to be.

Kevin

Sounds like experiences I have had at some good Catholic weddings... children, drink, priests, dancing, music, food, laughter... gives me goosebumps thinking of how beautiful life can be. No wonder Heaven is described as the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.

Dave Mueller

I attended the conference, too...also my first time. Such happiness and joy. I would almost go so far as to say it was a small foretaste of Heaven. I missed the Saturday night festivities though; that was a pity.

Chesterton WAS a saint, and also a prophet of the highest order.

Mangy Donkey

Dave,

Was? I think you mean he IS a saint.

ScottD

Kevin says:

"Sounds like experiences I have had at some good Catholic weddings... children, drink, priests, dancing, music, food, laughter"

I actually heard of a Catholic wedding where the bride requested no children at the reception. The groom's rather large family ignored the request.

Living here in Milwaukee I am now certain that I must attend a Chesterton Conference since it is so close. Keep up the stories Tim.

Tim J.

There is a rumor - a *rumor* - that the Chesterton conference may be held in Seattle next year.

Oy! I'm afraid that would put it out of reach for me. I drove eleven hours (one way) from Arkansas to St. Paul, Minnesota for this year's conference, but Seattle is just about the farthest point from Arkansas geographically that they could choose and still be in the continental U.S..

Come on guys, baby steps... what about St. Louis?

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