Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was arguably the most famous Catholic writer during the first half of the 20th century. In youth he flirted with apostasy, but later recovered and waxed more Catholic than ever. Tagged with the nickname Old Thunder, Belloc perhaps made more enemies than friends among the cultural elites of his day.  His prophetic insights were phenomenal. Author of 150 books, his prose was terse and often blunt, unlike that of the more rambling and amiable Chesterton, as the following quotes suggest. “Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than

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