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The Ball and the Cross (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
     

The Ball and the Cross (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by G. K. Chesterton
 

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When Evan MacIan, a fervent Catholic, becomes enraged by an atheist newspaper, he challenges the editor, James Turnbull, to a duel. Turnbull, just as passionate in his atheism as MacIan is in his Catholicism, eagerly accepts.  Their sword fight interrupted wherever they go, MacIan and Turnbull duel with words.  The more MacIan and Turnbull debate, the more

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When Evan MacIan, a fervent Catholic, becomes enraged by an atheist newspaper, he challenges the editor, James Turnbull, to a duel. Turnbull, just as passionate in his atheism as MacIan is in his Catholicism, eagerly accepts.  Their sword fight interrupted wherever they go, MacIan and Turnbull duel with words.  The more MacIan and Turnbull debate, the more they realize that they have more in common than they thought. They come to understand that their enemy is not each other, but a world that has grown too cold to tolerate men who not only believe in something, but believe in it enough to fight for it. MacIan and Turnbull gradually cease debating each other and begin to engage the people who interrupt their duel. Here we see G. K. Chesterton’s great genius in his fiction: his ability to bring philosophical and theological ideas to life through his characters and stories. In The Ball and the Cross  he accomplishes this with some of the wittiest and most engaging writing to be found in any of his novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411429239
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
668,496
File size:
621 KB

Meet the Author

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was a larger-than-life writer who fascinates and perplexes us to this day.  An art student who became a poet, and then by turns a journalist, playwright, biographer, novelist, storyteller, philosopher, and “Christian apologist,” his fame rested on an uncanny ability to produce vast quantities of crystalline prose quickly and without apparent effort.  His fiction--particularly the Father Brown stories and the delirious suspense novel The Man Who Was Thursday--remains his most widely read and entertaining works.


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The Ball and the Cross (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely christian classic.
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Well described characters to the degree of nearing visonle. Very unusual, somewhat disappointingly elemenrmary,
divideByZero More than 1 year ago
Its starts out as a nice funny story that could have a good point or two but it soon has the ring of Christian propaganda all around up and down. This may work for some ... But not for me.