Sjolander Road Fellowship

Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

the genius of g.k. chesterton


G.K. Chesterton, renown British author, philosopher, and self proclaimed Christian, is famous for the following quote, among many others: “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried”. Apparently, Chesterton noticed that much of what passed for Christianity in the church of his experience was not Christianity at all. Instead of embracing something counter intuitive and therefore hard to internalize as the way to transform the world, such as the ethical standards of Jesus, the church instead transformed Christianity into something less challenging to the human mind and more conducive to its ability to control its membership. The two vital elements of the revised Christianity were fear of God and escape by obedience to the church doctrines. The incompatibility of Jesus’ message to love lavishly and without restraint and these doctrinal tenets could not be more glaring, and yet they persist year after year right long side the insistence that salvation is a free gift stemming from God’s Love. It didn’t take a genius to recognize this logical inconsistency.