Who was Gilbert Keith Chesterton? A rotund man in a cape brandishing a walking stick? Certainly. A twentieth-century writer? Prolifically. A great champion and defender of the Christian Faith? Gallantly. He is known too as the "prince of paradox" and an "apostle of common sense." Chesterton has lately been enjoying a resurgence in popularity. His name appears on blog posts and news articles alike. His name is spoken more often on college campuses, and schools around the United States are being named after him.
Who was this engaging, witty, prophetic man? Allow Dale Ahlquist, the president of the American Chesterton Society, to introduce you to him. In a rollicking adventure quite Chestertonian in flavor, Ahlquist captains an expedition of discovery into who this GKC fellow is. He deftly and cleverly explores Chesterton as a man, as a writer, and as a potential saint.
Those curious about Chesterton will have their initial questions answered. Those who might be dubious about Chesterton's reputation will be challenged to reconsider. Those who consider Chesterton an old friend will be delighted. All will be engaged by amusing anecdotes, plentiful quotations, and a thoughtful study of the life of G. K. Chesterton.
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About the Author
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 renewal of interest in the works of G. K. Chesterton. 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It’s a wonderful life Dale Ahlquist’s history of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Knight of the Holy Ghost, is an excellent portrait of the man and what he stood for. There is a short biography of Chesterton, followed by a chapter that reviews some of his most memorable books, and a final section discussing the difference that Chesterton made to the world. Ahlquist demonstrates that Chesterton was a good man who gave the world common sense and wisdom – two things it desperately needed and still needs. This book is full of memorable and profound insights, such as these Chesterton quotes and insights: “We men and women are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” Commenting on that quotation, the author notes: His loyalty to his fellow travelers on the boat was demonstrated by his wiliness to argue with them. He saw their bad ideas as imperiling everyone else on the boat. He was constant and consistent in his defense of Christianity, morality and liberty because they are inextricably tied together. It is the one preaching immorality who will destroy the rights of the free man and sink the boat that all of us are in together. Dale Ahlquist wrote: Chesterton warned that the modern madness had crept into the world through the classroom because we were no longer teaching the true lessons of history, or of any history at all. The aim of modern educators was the contrary of real education. Its aim is to make men forget the past. In “The Oracle of the Dog,” Father Brown says, “It’s the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense and can’t see things as they are.” “Sorrow and pessimism are by their natures opposite: sorrow rests upon the value of something; pessimism upon the value of nothing.” Gilbert Keith Chesterton was truly a hero of virtue, a noble knight who was faithful in his quest to serve God and his fellow man. The world badly needs more heroes. So read this inspiring, true story and join the crusade against sin and suffering.