Gilbert Keith ChestertonGilbert Keith Chesterton, (1874-1936) British essayist, critic, poet, and novelist

Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quote

“The theory of free speech, that truth is so much larger and stranger and more many-sided than we know of, that it is very much better at all costs to hear everyone’s account of it, is a theory which has been justified on the whole by experiment, but which remains a very daring and even a very surprising theory. It is really one of the great discoveries of the modern time.”

Gilbert Keith ChestertonGilbert Keith Chesterton
~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Robert Browning, 1914

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Hmmmm, the "theory" of free speech? Is "truth" a theory also? Is "larger", "stranger" and more "many-sided" a philosophical unanswerable plucked from the ethos? Is "justified" on the whole by experiment a lawful, religious, or otherwise intangible conclusion? Is this very daring and surprising theory really one of the great discoveries of the modern time? OR, is "free speech" an individual sovereign's inalienable right within liberty at "the law of nature and of nature's God"; and NOT, a legal positivist's word salad to be bantered by the empty carnal man's “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Ronw13, ID

Homologoumenos, ( without controversy ) To declare openly by way of speaking out Freely. Based upon a deep conviction of facts, such confession being the effect of deep convictions of Fact. Truth in all its enduring qualities has many shades well defined. Truth, ( Emeth ) " And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times." A technical term meaning 
' a fixed position "or enduring office. ( Established, faithfulness. 
There is subjective truth, and also objective truth.. Aletheia, Truth used objectively signifying the reality lying at the basis of an appearance, the manifested veritable essence of a matter. Especially of Christian doctrine " concerning the "truth" of the gospel" liberty and freedom denotes the "true" teaching of liberty, in contrast to perversions of it. Concerning  Natural Law is law that is held to exist independently of the positive law of a given political order, society or nation state. A law written in men's hearts, recognized by man's reason. A. J. Carlyle. as also Natural law in " Cicero " Romans 2:14 KJB. 


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