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"Heretics," a series of essays by Gilbert Keith Chesterton. First published in 1905. Read by David "Grizzly" Smith.Chesterton had a sense of humor, had a sense of drama, and had sense. He was a man of strong opinions, and quite willing to argue vehemently for his own opinions, even with his friends -- and they remained his friends -- like George Bernard Shaw and Rudyard Kipling. Seems to me that's hard to find anymore.He wrote prolifically. He wrote humor. He wrote mystery novels, the Father Brown mysteries in particular. But he also wrote his opinions, his religious opinions and his opinions about religion. "Heretics" is a book about religion and politics, theory and fact, morals and efficiency.What I most admire about "Heretics," written a bit over a century ago, is that his arguments are exceptional, and that so many of them are still quite recognizably true. He argues that the weakening and devaluing of religion has also weakened and devalued heresy. He argues that people should be able to speak freely -- but that freedom of speech has actually decreased people's willingness to speak about important issues. And so much more.The one disclaimer I feel I must offer is that this book was "timely." Some of the people and events he mentions will be familiar. Many other people and events would have been familiar to you, if you'd lived in England at the beginning of the last century. The ideas he opposes, however, are either regaining popularity, or have never lost it. And his arguments are as valid and wise now as they were. In some ways, he was ahead of his time. You may disagree with him, but you can't deny his intelligence and wisdom.This isn't the book you might expect it to be. I think you'll enjoy it, and maybe even learn something. Even if you disagree.Book Theme: "Thaxted," written by Gustav Holst, arranged by Kevin MacLeod

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Heretics 20 - Thank You

Episode 21 - Thank you. If you liked this book, I hope you'll listen to the several others I've recorded for Podiobooks.com...

2 MIN2010 MAR 15
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Heretics 20 - Thank You

Heretics 19

Part 20, "Closing Remarks on the Importance of Orthodoxy"

33 MIN2010 FEB 28
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Heretics 18

Part 19, "Slum Novelists and the Slums"

29 MIN2010 FEB 25
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Heretics 17

Part 18, "The Fallacy of the Young Nation"

33 MIN2010 FEB 22
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Heretics 17

Heretics 16

Part 17, "On the Wit of Whistler"

22 MIN2010 FEB 4
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Heretics 16

Heretics 15

Part 16, "On Mr. McCabe and a Divine Frivolity"

28 MIN2009 NOV 16
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Heretics 15

Heretics 14

Part 15, "On Smart Novelists and the Smart Set"

31 MIN2009 OCT 30
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Heretics 14

Heretics 13

Part 14, "On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family"

28 MIN2009 OCT 24
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Heretics 13

Heretics 12

Part 13, "Celts and Celtophiles"

12 MIN2009 OCT 14
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Heretics 12

Heretics 11

Part 12, "Paganism and Mr Lowes Dickinson"

32 MIN2009 OCT 10
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Heretics 11

Latest Episodes

Heretics 20 - Thank You

Episode 21 - Thank you. If you liked this book, I hope you'll listen to the several others I've recorded for Podiobooks.com...

2 MIN2010 MAR 15
Comments
Heretics 20 - Thank You

Heretics 19

Part 20, "Closing Remarks on the Importance of Orthodoxy"

33 MIN2010 FEB 28
Comments
Heretics 19

Heretics 18

Part 19, "Slum Novelists and the Slums"

29 MIN2010 FEB 25
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Heretics 18

Heretics 17

Part 18, "The Fallacy of the Young Nation"

33 MIN2010 FEB 22
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Heretics 17

Heretics 16

Part 17, "On the Wit of Whistler"

22 MIN2010 FEB 4
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Heretics 16

Heretics 15

Part 16, "On Mr. McCabe and a Divine Frivolity"

28 MIN2009 NOV 16
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Heretics 15

Heretics 14

Part 15, "On Smart Novelists and the Smart Set"

31 MIN2009 OCT 30
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Heretics 14

Heretics 13

Part 14, "On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family"

28 MIN2009 OCT 24
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Heretics 13

Heretics 12

Part 13, "Celts and Celtophiles"

12 MIN2009 OCT 14
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Heretics 12

Heretics 11

Part 12, "Paganism and Mr Lowes Dickinson"

32 MIN2009 OCT 10
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Heretics 11
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