Chesterton’s Seven Rules of Drinking

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Chesterton’s book, Heretics,  offers seven reasons to drink.

  1. Drink because you are happy. (cf. Ecclesiastes 9:7;  John 2)
  2. Never drink because you need it, for this is rational drinking, and the way to death and hell. (cf. I Corinthians 6:10; Proverbs 20:1; Rev. 14). Drink because you do not need it, for this is irrational drinking, and the ancient health of the world. (Ecclesiastes 8:1)
  3. “Wine,” says the Scripture, “maketh glad the heart of man,” but only of the man who has a heart. The thing called high spirits is possible only to the spiritual. (cf. Psalm 104)
  4. Jesus Christ made wine, not a medicine, but a sacrament. “Drink” he says “for the whole world is as red as this wine, with the crimson of the love and wrath of God. (cf. John 6)
  5. Drink, for the trumpets are blowing for battle and this is the stirrup-cup. Drink, for this my blood of the new testament that is shed for you.
  6. Drink, for I know of whence you come and why.   Drink, for I know of when you go and where.”
  7. But he did not defend cocktails, and the drinks of Prohibition, which seemed to exist only for the purpose of getting drunk. “I have no objection to vodka except that I once tasted it.”His preferred drink was what the English call claret, a red Bordeaux, 

    Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith). Heretics  (Verses annotations added)

    Ahlquist, Dale. Knight of the Holy Ghost: A Short History of G.K. Chesterton . Ignatius Press. Kindle Edition.

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