G.K. Chesterton Aug 7, 2021 11:03:07 GMT via mobile
Post by maolsheachlann on Aug 7, 2021 11:03:07 GMT
Similarly, Dr Shaw suggests that Chesterton's leniency towards the French Revolution and failure to understand how anyone could think democracy is opposed to tradition relate to subjectivist romanticism has a certain amount of truth (his remark that the view that you can't put back the clock is easily disproved by putting it back does suggest a command model of reality, and he is a bit soft on original sin in some places though not in others) but ignores the minor detail that Rousseauism and the French Revolution were directed to a significant extent against an enlightened despotism which was quite arbitrary, cynical and anti-Christian. (Indeed, one critique of Chesterton and very much more of Belloc might be that they wrap up early modern absolutism in mediaeval trappings). I think Dr Shaw has not really grasped what GKC is saying about the nature of Being.
It's interesting that all of the comments disagree with Shaw. I think he's wrong about everything. Chesterton explicitly says that his argument for Christianity is not pragmatic; he argues that, if you find a key that fits a particular lock (as Christianity fits the desires of the human heart), it's highly likely that the key was made for the lock. He is not arguing for occasionalism but simply that rationalism on its own doesn't explain the pattern of cause and effect. I don't have time to answer all his other points.
A great weakness of Traditionalists is the eagerness to be "super Catholic" in everything and forget that all truth and virtue, even those originating outside the Catholic tradition, are from God. I think this is what Pope Francis means by escaping from a "self-referential" mindset. I'm also reminded of Jesus restraining the apostles from interfering with the man who was casting out demons in Christ's name without a mandate from them.