Dear Sir, I am


The Christian Mind

Several years ago, in response to a question posed by a newspaper editor, the British journalist G.K.Chesterton penned one of the shortest letters ever written. It comprises less than ten words:Chesterton

‘Dear Sir,

I am.

Yours Sincerely,

GK Chesterton’

What was the question? The newspaper had asked, What is wrong with the world?’

Chesterton’s response was a crisp reaffirmation of the Christian teaching about the sinfulness of the human race or the doctrine of Original Sin. This view counters the belief that evil and corruption in the world stem from the environment. Taking a long, hard look at the ills and heartaches of today, it discovers the root cause of all that is wrong in the corrupt and deformed stature of our hearts.

Sin is all around us. It is in the terrorist who blows up innocent people in a market square; it is in the rapist who molests a…

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