Reviews by Eric Myers

The Superstition of Divorce

by G.K. Chesterton

With his usual wit and common sense, G.K. Chesterton has written a masterpiece on the subject of marriage and the home against the backdrop of the "superstition" of divorce. Somehow we think that a law court and a piece of paper can change the irrevocable nature of the marriage vow. As Chesterton aptly demonstrates marriage is an eternal promise between a man and woman and "that this rash and romantic operation is the only furnace from which can come the plain hardware of humanity, the cast-iron resistance of citizenship or the cold steel of common sense;" Those who want divorce really want everything and in so doing spoil the power of choice. "They are not crying for the moon, which is a definite and therefore a defensible desire. They are crying for the world; and when they had it, they would want another one. In the last resort they would like to try every situation, not in fancy but in fact, but they cannot refuse any and therefore cannot resolve on any." Is it any wonder that so many in our time live joyless and unhappy lives? This pamphlet has given me a whole new perspective on marriage and the family. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on 2009.07.24

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