Sunday, March 23, 2014
Weekends with Chesterton: Accumulation of Authority
"No; there are only two things that really progress; and they both accept accumulations of authority. They may be progressing uphill and down; they may be growing steadily better or steadily worse; but they have steadily increased in certain definable matters; they have steadily advanced in a certain definable direction; they are the only two things, it seems, that ever can progress. The first is strictly physical science. The second is the Catholic Church." - The Ball and the Cross, G.K. Chesterton
This is a quote I've seen several times before, and it was exciting to run across it in the course of reading. It was also nice to realize that by seeing this quote out context, I wasn't misunderstanding it. As I consider Sarah's article about reading Chesterton over on CIRCE, I have moments of doubt about these Weekends with Chesterton. Am I contributing to the misunderstanding of Chesterton by excerpting quotes and sharing them here? I'm not considering Chesterton out of context, as I come by these quotes honestly, that is through encountering them in the course of my reading. In the article Sarah is talking about the short quips that float around (sometimes garbled), which is why I try to except longer quotes and more complete thoughts. I think that mitigates the risk of misunderstanding, but sometimes I wonder!
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