Thoughts From Toby
In his thought-provoking masterpiece, Orthodoxy, GK Chesterton begins by telling a short
parable about a man who set out from England by boat to discover a new land, but - by a slight
miscalculation - winds up discovering England under the impression that it was a new island.
In his quest to discover “New South Wales,” he finds that he, in fact, only found “Old South
Wales.” Chesterton uses this parable to describe his own journey of setting out to discover a
new philosophy that would make sense of life, only to discover that what he found was
Christianity. In his own words, Chesterton quips, “I did try to found a heresy of my own; andwhen I had put the last touches to it, I discovered that it was orthodoxy.”
I find that Chesterton’s “discovery,” which was written in 1908, resonates with the experience
of many today. In our quest for truth, justice, beauty, mystery, reconciliation, and community,
what we are discovering is what God has called us to all along. May we never lose sight of
Jesus, the only one who makes sense of this life.