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Chesterton is quite clear that Orthodoxy is not, primarily, a work of positive, apologetic proof for the existence of God: it is merely his [Chesterton's] journey back to what he came to see as the best possible set of beliefs for living one’s life, i.e., The Apostle’s Creed (as he concludes). Some may even say, as the author does, an autobiography. In short, the work humorously traces the intellectual journey of this terribly intelligent fellow, and explains why he, himself, came to believe in Christianity.
That being said, your attack on this book for it’s being “circular” is off the mark. Of course, since it is a Catholic’s Theists autobiography, the book revolves around the central axiom that GOD EXISTS (in other words, the author does in fact believe God exists).* I believe you meant to say that Chesterton was coherent =D. In seriousness, What you were trying to convey by “circular,” I believe, was that you think his argument takes the Assumption: “God exists” only to come to the Conclusion: “God exists.” But if you think this is the basic argument of the book, you, to put it bluntly, missed the point. The book is pretty much one, big, jolly, “Reductio ad Absurdum.”He essentially “bites the heels” of other rival philosophical systems, shows the innate absurdity of each, i.e., that determinism completely undercuts the justice system, and from there, goes on to explain how all of this intellectual searching brought him back to Christianity, the only system which he found to be the most existentially, and philosophically ( It provides answers to Epistemological, Metaphysical, Ontological, and Ethical Questions) complete.
With this brief background, I think you might be able to see the relevance of “The Ethics of Elfland.” This chapter reveals some of the basic axioms** (intuitions, if you will) Chesterton held, which lead him to reject the other philosophies and accept Christianity: it is foundational to the book. As the main point of the chapter is to reveal Chesterton’s belief that Life is beautiful and full of Wonder, one can now easily see how he would be attracted to the Judeo-Christian Tradition, which teaches that, “We must see the hand [to avoid confusion, Will] of God in all things, and this should bring us joy.”
Hope this helps a bit!
Side note: If you want to read some heavier, philosophical defense of Christian belief, May I suggest “Warranted Christian Belief,” By Alvin Plantinga :D
**That life and people are wonderful. Keep in mind the bleak background of philosophical pessimism that dominated the contemporary academic milieu.]]>