Chesterton.org founder Dale Ahlquist speaks about Chesterton:
The first time he read a work of G.K. Chesterton’s, Dale Ahlquist knew he was encountering a writer unlike anyone else he’d ever experienced.
“My first thought was, ‘How did they manage to give me a college degree without having exposed me to this writer?’” Ahlquist said.
Ahlquist, president and co-founder of the American Chesterton Society, host of the EWTN show “G.K. Chesterton: Apostle of Common Sense” and extensive writer on Chesterton, spoke to 155 people Feb. 26 at the Santa Maria Winery on “Matters of Life and Death: Chesterton on the Muddle of Modern Culture.” The evening began with a social hour, followed by dinner and then the talk.
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Ahlquist called Chesterton a prophet. Chesterton predicted the next great heresy would be an attack on morality, especially sexual morality. He said men didn’t differ in what they called evil, but in what evils they called excusable. Humans are learning to do many clever things, he once said, but the next thing they’ll have to learn is not to do them.
Chesterton called abortion a “more than usual barbaric form of birth control,” and predicted that what was being done to babies then, would also eventually be done to people at the other end of life.
“He said that euthanasia is essentially the argument that we were going to start to murder people because they were a nuisance to themselves,” Ahlquist said. “But he said it would be a short step to where we murder them because they’re a nuisance to us.”
Chesterton was shocked when he learned Americans could divorce because of “incompatibility.”
“If that’s the case, they should all be divorced because men and women as such, are incompatible,” Ahlquist said, quoting Chesterton. “The whole point of marriage is to work through the incompatibility. Marriage is a duel to the death.”
Chesterton also predicted that wherever there’s animal worship, there will be human sacrifice.
Ahlquist stressed that Chesterton wasn’t a gloomy writer. He was just warning people of what would happen if they didn’t turn around. Chesterton was actually one of the most life-affirming and joyful writers of the modern world, Ahlquist said. He was a writer full of grace and full of gratitude.
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