This one is worth reading aloud – a few times.
“What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.”
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (SanFransisco: Ignatius Press, 1995), 36-37.
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Very good! We see this in the fall of man; not being convicted about the truth to being ambitious about being “like God.” Great post.
Thank you for this quote from the quotable Chesterton. I read Orthodoxy many years ago- and very much appreciated it, though he took an unfortunate swipe at Calvinism (blaming William Cowper’s insanity on Calvinistic theology).
What I loved about this book, if I remember correctly, is that he used humility as an apologetic for Christianity. It was beautiful… and encouraging.
It seemed to support our Savior’s words in Matthew 11:25-30: hidden from the wise and learned and revealed to little children.
God bless you,
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