Orthodoxy - Chapter I: Introduction in Defence of Everything Else Summary & Analysis

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The purpose of this book is to show that faith is simultaneously occasion both for wonder and amazement and for security and comfort. One of the chief assumptions of the book is that life is better when it is filled with the joy of adventure, of discovering something new. At the same time, all men seek to have security in their lives. How faith embodies both of these basic human needs is the subject of this book.

The focus in this book is not on any particular religious denomination. Rather, "central" Christian belief—what is believed by, more or less, all who consider themselves Christians—is all that is at stake. However, it is also not an attempt to give a thorough philosophical or theological defense of those beliefs, since such a task would go far beyond the book's scope. Rather, it is an attempt to describe how the author came to those beliefs: He looked for answers in everything but Christianity, and when he found them, he realized that he should have been looking towards Christianity to begin with.

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