Chesterton and the Sweetness of Mormon Life

August 7, 2008 | 4 comments

Some of you will have noticed the posts on the sweetness of Mormon life.

If you’ve wondered what its all about, here and here are the two discussions that got it started.

Ross Douthat is doing some real worthwhile writing about Chesterton. In a small way I’m trying to do what Chesterton did, which was see “the romance in everyday experience,” in this case the everyday experience of Mormonism.

Its probably time reread Damon Linker’s posts on Mormon Enchantment (the first four posts at this link).

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4 Responses to Chesterton and the Sweetness of Mormon Life

  1. Agellius on August 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Now I get it. Great idea.

  2. Wm Morris on August 7, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I spent two hours driving the missionaries around last Sat. evening. We went around the Minnneapolis suburb I live in at least two and a half times. We didn’t make it in any doors, but there were at least 5 quick visits on doorsteps or at places of work — siblings or parents or children that weren’t home. One (joke) birthday card was delivered. A quarter tank of gas was consumed. One phone call from a recent convert whose nonmember father was in the hospital.

    The two elders and I talked a lot about my own mission experience and theirs as well as our families, growing up, future plans.

    They kept apologizing for the knocks and doorbells that rang out into silence. I appreciate that they wanted to provide me with an “experience,” but really, it was what I needed — a reminder that it’s work. And work that takes effort and faith to build up to those little sparks that, one hopes and prays, catch fire.

  3. Russell Stevenson on August 7, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Honestly, when my grandmother passed away recently, I told my father to ask her to thank two people when she goes to the other side…Elder Maxwell and G.K. Chesterton…

    I could talk at LENGTH about how useful Chesterton’s thought is at battling back, intelligently, the secularist impulse. But I will refrain. Just thanks for doing a hat tip to the big guy. I owe him one.

  4. Eric Boysen on August 7, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Chesterton has 3 Meyers 59 & Kylie thinks we are too erudite!


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