Dale Ahlquist is president of the American Chesterton Society. Through his long running television series, The Apostle of Common Sense, as well as his books and lectures, he has helped bring about a great renewed interest in the works of G.K. Chesterton for contemporary readers. He has authored and contributed to several books on Chesterton, including Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton, G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, and In Defense of Sanity: The Best Essays of G.K. Chesterton.
The Complete Thinker: The Marvelous Mind of G.K. Chestertonby Dale Ahlquist
What does it mean to be a complete thinker? It means being able to take on a wide variety of ideas and disciplines and put them all together in a way that they work together. It means thinking like G.K. Chesterton.The English author G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was one of the most prolific and well-known writers of his time, and one of the most widely quoted in our own. For newspapers and magazines, he wrote social commentary, literary criticism, and poetry with poignancy and wit. Creator of the beloved detective Father Brown, Chesterton also wrote novels and short stories. Thinking, wrote Chesterton, means connecting things. His ideas are not only connected to each other, they are also connected to us, showing that the thought of Chesterton is timeless. In a world of increasing specialization, Chesterton connects us to the big picture by helping us see how the many and varied elements within our experience fit together. He sheds light on almost every subject and opens doors from one thing to another with dazzling clarity. Drawing on literally hundreds of references from Chesterton's vast writings, Dale Ahlquist conducts a symphony, with Chesterton playing all the instruments in perfect harmony. Chesterton's thoughts on almost everything--from east to west, from old to new, from politics to economics, from Shakespeare to Dickens--are woven together to create an illuminating whole.
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Speech contains power. Few have been born with the ability to wield its power as effectively as G.K.C. He addresses the use and abuse of language in law, politics, health & sickness, buying & selling. For example, he shows that a modern approach to a text may be to take it apart until it says less and less. Left with many broken pieces that no longer fit together, we have been cut off from the author's meaning. Such is the state of modern thinking, he contends. And, he said, "It is difficult to believe that people who are obviously careless about language can really be very careful about anything else." As the golf professional teaches the elements of a swing that tames the game of golf, so swinging with G.K.C.'s arguments leads to clearer thinking and being understood. Isn't that the goal of language?