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Sainthood Cause Considered for Religious Education Advocate G.K. Chesterton

Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, England, is seeking to open an investigation into English author and Catholic convert G.K. Chesterton’s potential sainthood, according to the National Catholic Register. Chesterton, who wrote in the early 20th century on a wide variety of topics, was a strong proponent of authentic education.

Chesterton wrote about the problem with secular education in What’s Wrong With the World:

The trouble in too many of our modern schools is that the State, being controlled so specially by the few, allows cranks and experiments to go straight to the schoolroom when they have never passed through the Parliament, the public house, the private house, the church, or the marketplace.

Obviously it ought to be the oldest things that are taught to the youngest people; the assured and experienced truths that are put first to the baby. But in a school today the baby has to submit to a system that is younger than himself. The flopping infant of four actually has more experience, and has weathered the world longer than the dogma to which he is made to submit.

He also argued in his work The Religious Aim of Education that you could never “evade the issues of God” in education:

It is only by a definite and even deliberate narrowing of the mind that we can keep religion out of education. …But secular education is a limitation, if it be only a self-limitation. The natural thing is to say what you think about nature; and especially, so to speak, about the nature of nature. The first and most obvious thing that a person is interested in is what sort of world he is living in; and why he is living in it.

Read more about the possible cause for G.K. Chesterton’s canonization at the Register.

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