Ten thousand reasons all amounting to one

G. K. Chesterton

“The difficulty of explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” – G. K. Chesterton

Amen. What he said.

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Michael Brandon April 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I only got to 9,983 ( :) ) before I lost count. But, I think he is right. There have to be almost an infinitesimal number of reasons to believe that Jesus Christ started the Church that became names the Roman Catholic Church, and wants us to continue it in His Name.

That is true sums them all up.

God Bless You.

Michael Brandon

Christopher Wright April 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Great man was Chesterton, and partly thanks to him I became a Catholic.

Catholic debating pro-life April 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm

That’s as good an answer as any as to why yowe believe in the Church.

Catholic debating pro-life April 29, 2010 at 4:35 pm

yowe…should be we…


Catholic debating pro-life May 2, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I got a story for you…

So I found an Internet forum for pagans and wiccans. Reading the comments was facinating. Most of the posters were converts to the religion, including several converted Christians and I believe a couple of converted Catholics, and the reasons they converted were interesting. Most said things like “The religion I had just wasn’t for me” and “I discovered paganism/wiccanism and I really enjoyed it!” and it got me thinking…

These people were treating religion like a favorite clothing brand. Religion is not a “what’s best for me” thing or a brand trying to make its pitch so that it gets the nost customers. You should be following your religion because it’s TRUE. It shouldn’t matter how strict it is, or how it “fits” you; religion really isn’t a choice. You could choose to believe it, but you believe it because it’s the Truth, not because it has the nices message or because it “fits you”.

That’s why the Catholic Church is so great. It is unchanging. It tells the Truth, not what people want to hear. One of the probelms in the world is people treating religion like a sort of contest; the one who makes the best offer gets my worship. That’s not how it works at all.

enness July 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I think I got the best of both worlds — it’s true and it suits me pretty well.

If I had to reduce it down to one reason, the one Chesterton gave hits it on the nose. Any other single reason would seem an oversimplification.

Christopher Wright May 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I think it may have something to do with romping with undressed women round a bonfire. Or maybe I’m just a tired old cynic.

Christopher Wright May 4, 2010 at 3:22 am

Sorry if my comment sounded facetious.
Certainly, in the UK, where I no longer live, religion is considered to be a matter of “culture”, a life-style choice. Given such a mind-set, it is easy to understand the attractions of pick’n mix religion, the funkier the better.
Seems to be that in the U.S.A. people are still serious about their Faith. Here in Poland, they are very serious, thank God.

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