Wit, wisdom and wonder: Local Chesterton admirers unpack author's timeless words

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — “The madman is not the man who has lost his reason; the madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.”

That might sound like a commentary on the state of discourse on Twitter — or X, or whatever it's called today — but those words were written by G.K. Chesterton in 1908 in his book “Orthodoxy.”

Timeless wisdom such as this from the late-19th, early-20th century Catholic English writer, poet and philosopher Gilbert Keith Chesterton drew Jon Hess to want to know more of Chesterton’s philosophy and eventually led to the creation of the Southeast Michigan Chesterton Society, a group Hess now leads that meets once a month to discuss Chesterton and his works.

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