Good news/bad news: the intellect is free. Therefore, “free to destroy itself” (Chesterton).
Just as one generation failing to reproduce and pass along its genes to the next would be the end of the species, failure to pass along truth wouldn’t necessarily be the end of the intellect, but it would have to start all over.
It makes no sense to believe in the devil and then each time, when he appears -- most often exploiting a specific situation -- to deny that he is involved.
The greatest modern error is not announcing that God is dead, but believing that the devil has died.
can achieve nothing great without the thoughtless collaboration of the virtues (Davila).
"In your book just published you tell us 'what is wrong with the world.' As I haven't read the book yet, would you mind telling me what is wrong?""The Devil."
However, Chesterton was a happy spiritual warrior: "The finding and fighting of evil is the beginning of fun -- and even of farce."
Every crisis is an opportunity. For jolly good fun.