Essays of a Catholic

Essays of a Catholic

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Pages: 245
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Essays of a Catholic is the ultimate book for anyone looking to gain greater insight into the meaning and power of Catholicism today. Written by acclaimed historian Hilaire Belloc, this collection of thoughtful essays offers an unparalleled look at how faith and culture interact. A masterful combination of knowledge, logic and deep-seated faith gives the work an incredible richness that will captivate readers from all walks of life.

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.
Hilaire Belloc:
Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc was an Anglo-French writer and historian. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He was known as a writer, orator, poet, sailor, satirist, man of letters, soldier and political activist. His Catholic faith had a strong impact on his works. He was President of the Oxford Union and later MP for Salford from 1906 to 1910. He was a noted disputant, with a number of long-running feuds, but also widely regarded as a humane and sympathetic man. Belloc became a naturalised British subject in 1902, while retaining his French citizenship. Belloc wrote on myriad subjects, from warfare to poetry to the many current topics of his day. He has been called one of the Big Four of Edwardian Letters,[17] along with H.G.Wells, George Bernard Shaw, and G. K. Chesterton, all of whom debated with each other into the 1930s.

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Derek
Belloc's most generalist work

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.

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