From his dissection of ‘The New Paganism’ and analysis of ‘Usury’ to his musings on ‘The Schools’ and ‘The Catholic Church and The Modern State’, Belloc turns his keen eye towards some of the most challenging issues faced by modern society today. His unique perspective -- complemented by sound textual evidence and powerful arguments -- will have readers questioning their assumptions while re-thinking their beliefs in sometimes surprisingly provocative ways.
At its core, Essays of a Catholic focuses on belloc's unwavering confidence in the Catholic faith. With his writing well ahead of its time, belloc predicted the chaos we now witness throughout the world many years before it took place. In this way, Essays Of A Catholic stands out not only as informative but timeless - providing us with a tonic sorely needed in these chaotic times.
I am surprised that Essays of a Catholic slipped under my radar for so long. It is probably the best single work for summing up Belloc's ideas. It ranges from fairly singular topics, like usury, to broader ones which draw upon his entire corpus, such as "Faith and Industrial Capitalism." "Science as the Enemy of Truth" is almost a little too on-the-nose under the Fauci regime.
The book still doesn't get close to covering the entire breadth of Belloc's nonfiction work, but it may serve as a good jumping off point for the uninitiated. For an old Belloc fan like me, it was a great pleasure.