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In Heretics, the prequel to his most famous apologetic work Orthodoxy, Chesterton outlines the popular philosophies of his day which stood in opposition to logic as well as to that which the author believed to be truth. Chesterton considered Heretics to be the critique of bad philosophy (not just false, but of incomplete substance) and Orthodoxy to be the defense of good philosophy (Christianity as the truth).
This work is best understood within the framework of Chesterton's day and with a knowledge of the English writers (late 19th to early 20th century) to whom he refers. Some of the writers, such as George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells, fit the traditional definition of the word "heretic", while others held views that Chesterton considered wrong but not necessarily contradictory to the teachings of orthodox Christianity. Even without a complete understanding of the writers being critiqued, many have noted that the philosophies and ideologies discussed are still present today in some form, making this work as relevant today as it was when it was written.