Who was Gilbert Keith Chesterton? A rotund man in a cape brandishing a walking stick? Certainly. A twentieth-century writer? Prolifically. A great champion and defender of the Christian Faith? Gallantly.
An astute writer on John Henry Newman has remarked that the soon to be saint, "stands at the threshold of the new age as a Christian Socrates, the pioneer of a new philosophy of the individual Person and Personal Life."
This week I have received a political flyer aimed at "values voters," heard a fundraising pitch from an organization that upholds family "values," and sat through a sermon about maintaining Christian "values" in a secular world.