In one of the episodes written by a contemporary author, Father Brown defers to Hinduism in a way that Chesterton's character would never do. In dialogue with a Hindu, the BBC creation concedes that the miracles of Jesus should not be taken 'too literally'.
The original orthodox Christian writer of the wonderful Father Brown stories took a dim view of pantheism. In The Dagger with Wings, the villain tries to con Father Brown with a supernatural explanation for the murder he has committed, The murderer appeals to the idea, becoming fashionable amongst the English intelligentsia in the 1920s, that the world religions are simply different manifestations of one spiritual reality:
Aylmer was leaning forward, and looking at him (Father Brown) with a strange intensity that was almost like that of a mesmerist. "You do believe it," he said. "You do believe everything. We all believe everything, even when we deny everything. The deniers believe. The unbelievers believe. Don't you feel in your heart that these contradictions do not really contradict: that there is a cosmos that contains them all? The soul goes round upon a wheel of stars and all things return...Good and evil go round in a wheel that is one thing and not many. Do you not realize in your heart, do you not believe behind all your beliefs, that there is but one reality and we are its shadows; and that all things are but aspects of one thing: a centre where men melt into Man and Man into God?" "No," said Father Brown.Why was Father Brown able to see through this bogus explanation for an evil deed? Because, unlike the politically correct media establishment whose spirituality, such as it is, boils down to 'follow your heart', he was intellectually convinced by the truth of the Nicene Creed:
I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, Begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, By whom all things were made.This piece - Steve Chalke's false teaching floored by a sermon - appeared on VirtueOnline.