But starting in 1908 with the Man who was Thursday the heroes of his books and stories have been predominantly Catholics (Father Brown, Gabriel Syme, Ian Maclan).When reading Orthodoxy, he makes and incredible defense of Catholicism, he defends priests and Catholic doctrine.the view that priests darken and embitter the world.
I probably would find information about his conversion in some of his books, but frankly there's a lot to read. left the Anglican church for the Catholic, possibly along with some further reading recommendations. And most of his early stuff is on Librivox in audiobook form for free.And with none of his books available where I live, it's also troublesome to get them -- call me old-fashioned, but I only read books on paper. Chesterton probably wrote more than anyone ever so I'm sure he can tell you in his own words why he converted from Atheism to Anglicanism and from Anglicanism to Catholicism.See: Catholic Church and Conversion and Why I am A Catholic and The God With the Golden Key As an avid reader of Chesterton, I'm often perplexed at how much love he gives to Catholics even before he became one himself.He converted to Catholicism in 1922 and only spent 14 years on earth as a Catholic.Those countries in Europe which are still influenced by priests, are exactly the countries where there is still singing and dancing and coloured dresses and art in the open-air.
Catholic doctrine and discipline may be walls; but they are the walls of a playground.
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.
In his later writings, he quite strongly scoffs at Protestants at times. If anybody know what his real beef was that would be very interesting material.
He can still show things in a fresh perspective, though his books are about a hundred years old. As a very influential author I think this is reasonably on topic. Frankly in some of his works he outright villainizes the Reformation but, while I know there are some legitimate reasons for criticizing it, his apparent reason for doing so don't seem founded in reality to me.
On a lot of subjects, his way of looking at things really astonishes me. I haven't dared ask about it here before, as I've been afraid it would be off-topic.
This is disturbing, as I haven't quite figured why. Yeah, I have a hard time getting his books from the library, but they're all available from Ignatius Press in 30 some odd volumes.