Chesterton on Bigotry

G. K. Chesterton’s definition of bigotry is the best I’ve seen.

“It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.”

I believe this to be the single greatest disease in our churches today. Our inability to imagine that there is even the slightest chance that we may not be 100% right causes narrow-mindedness that results in broken relationships and countless lost opportunties to learn and grow.

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PhD student at FSU in Religions of Western Antiquity. Blogger. Cyclist. Husband. Dog Owner/Lover. Bibliophile.
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2 Responses to Chesterton on Bigotry

  1. Chris says:

    I love Chesterton, absolutely love his work. But there is this nagging question of anti-Semitism…. This quote is interesting in light of the accusations against him.

  2. The problem with church (little c) is that they are run by humans; and humans by definition of our falleness, are feeckle, prideful argumentative people. People in need of Grace and a mercy..

    people must be looked at in the shadow of the cross, because it it that shadow that give no man a bar to raise but makes him equal with others

    a work in progress,

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