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02 November 2007

Finding faith in the familiar - preview

Following on from the excerpts from his book, David Yount examines the source of faith

GK Chesterton tells the story of an explorer who, miscalculating his course at sea, 'discovers' his English homeland, believing it to be a new island in the South Seas
  • Coming ashore at Brighton, the steadfast adventurer, 'armed to the teeth', aims to plant the Union Jack on what he assumes to be a pagan temple, which on further examination is revealed to be the familiar but exotic Royal Pavilion


  • Instead of feeling the fool, GK's misguided adventurer exults: 'What could be more delightful than to have in the same few minutes all the fascinating terrors of going abroad combined with all the humane security of coming home again?'

    David Yount

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