VITAL WORKS RECONSIDERED #50
GKC asserts that Jesus was not merely one of many great figures in history; rather, He is at the center of all history: past, present, and future.
A ROUND OF VISITS ACROSS DECAYING CHRISTENDOM
We travel under the pretense of being receptive, really looking for what we think we already know. Yet we are occasionally genuinely surprised.
ON HUMANISM & BEING HUMAN
James V. Schall
Man does not make himself. Rather, as Aristotle remarked, he is already man when he begins to wonder what he is and why he is as he is.
Chene Richard Heady
Chesterton believed that the purpose of literature was to engage and change its readers, and that the masses had fundamentally good taste.
GKC did believe creation and its Creator are good, but not that the majority of people would always choose rightly or that any merely human structure would endure.
Anne Barbeau Gardiner
It’s hard to believe, but Chesterton was raised a Unitarian and, in 1896, at age 22, still didn’t believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ.
John C. Chalberg
In Chesterton's view, the English people dominated their history — at least until the rise and ultimate dominance of Parliament.
A HINT OF HEAVEN
Children, and all the things that delight children (nursery rhymes, fairy tales, imaginative stories), are the antidote to seriousness and all its harmful effects.
A history of British “literary converts” is a story of spiritual inspiration over the course of the “age of unbelief” that constitutes the full run of the 20th century.
ON THE LOSS OF CATHOLIC IDENTITY
Marian E. Crowe
UNDENOMINATIONAL RELIGION & OTHER FOLLIES
Jean Bethke Elshtain
James J. Thompson Jr.
Although Chesterton cultivated a streak of romanticism and delighted in excursions into fantasyland, the source and inspiration for distributism lay elsewhere.
Review of The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton; Vol. I and Vintage Muggeridge edited by Geoffrey Barlow
GKC won not only a popular following but also the respect and admiration — if not always the agreement — of serious intellectual and literary figures of his time.
CONFESSIONS OF AN APOSTATE
If you favor the cause of orthodoxy or tradition in Catholic faith and morals, you should break the close link that exists between that cause and the cause of the political Right.
CHRISTIAN CLASSICS REVISITED
St. Francis was that rarest of revolutionaries: one impelled by love rather than by hatred veneered with the catchwords of brotherhood.
Alzina Stone Dale wrote the first of many books re-evaluating G.K.C. and elevating him to his deserved place in English letters.
- Karl Keating