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The Everlasting Man
     

The Everlasting Man

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by G. K. Chesterton
 

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THE EVERLASTING MAN
by G.K. CHESTERTON
THERE are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place; and I tried to trace such a journey in a story I once wrote. It is, however, a relief to turn from that topic to another story that I never wrote. Like every book I never

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THE EVERLASTING MAN
by G.K. CHESTERTON
THERE are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place; and I tried to trace such a journey in a story I once wrote. It is, however, a relief to turn from that topic to another story that I never wrote. Like every book I never wrote, it is by far the best book I have ever written. It is only too probable that I shall never write it, so I will use it symbolically here; for it was a symbol of the same truth. I conceived it as a romance of those vast valleys with sloping sides, like those along which the ancient White Horses of Wessex are scrawled along the flanks of the "'hills. It concerned some boy whose farm or cottage stood on such a slope, and who went on his travels to find something, such as the effigy and grave of some giant; and when he was -far enough from home he looked back and saw that his own "farm and kitchen-garden, shining flat on the hill-side like the colours and quarterings of a shield, werre but parts of some such gigantic figure, on which he had always lived, but which was too large and too close to be seen. That, I think, is a true picture of the progress of any really independent intelligence today; and that is the point of this book.

The point of this book, in other words, is that the next best thing to being really inside Christendom is to be really outside it. And a particular point of it is that the popular critics of Christianity are not really outside it. They are on a debatable ground, in every sense of the term. They are doubtful in their very doubts. Their criticism has taken on a curious tone; as of a random and illiterate heckling. Thus they make current and anti-clerical cant as a sort of smalltalk. They will complain of parsons dressing like parsons; as if we should be any more free if all the police who shadowed ?

Contents
Introduction
PART ONE
ON THE CREATURE CALLED MAN
I The Man in the Cave
II Professors and Prehistoric Men
III The Antiquity of Civilisation
IV God and Comparative Religion
V Man and Mythologies
VI The Demons and Philosophers
VII The War of the Gods and Demons
VIII The End of the World
PART TWO
ON THE MAN CALLED CHRIST
I The God in the Cave
II The Riddles of the Gospel
III The Strangest Story in the, World
IV The Witness of the Heretics
V The Escape from Paganism
VI The Five Deaths of the Faith
Conclusion: The Summary of This Book
Appendix I: On Prehistoric Man
Appendix II: On Authority and Accuracy

Product Details

BN ID:
2940148774068
Publisher:
Unforgotten Classics
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Series:
Unforgotten Classics , #1
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
458 KB

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For so long I've heard of Chesterton & read others quoting him. This introduction to the man himself was inspiring and I'm on my way to another book by this unique, brilliant, and humorous literary giant. As a huge Lewis & Tolkein fan, I've discovered another friend whose wisdom and intellect is enlightening and challenging. His analysis of comparative religions is stunningly clear & irrefutable. The format worked well for me.
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