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G.K. Chesterton, Theologian Paperback – 30 Jun 2009

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One of the greatest Catholic minds of the twentieth century was a journalist, playwright, novelist, literary critic, poet, cartoonist, essayist, broadcaster, and even president of the Detection Club.

But he was also a theologian.

G. K. Chesterton, famous for defending Christian belief in his books Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man (the latter helped to convert C.S. Lewis) could not help thinking theologically even when he was making jokes and his writings illuminate the profoundest religious themes.

In his hands, Christian truth is rescued from becoming a purely academic exercise. He gives us an "experience of the fullness and many-sidedness of the truth, in which the Christian can romp without a care" (Balthasar).

In fact, like Lewis, Chesterton, who was one of the great converts of the twentieth century, draws us directly into an encounter with the Word of God, showing us the faith of the Church as most of us have never seen it before. No wonder Pope Benedict XVI tells us that "in every age the path to faith can take its bearings by converts."

But Chesterton wrote so much literally millions of words in thousands of essays and books that the average reader may feel daunted. There has never been one book that introduces his thoughts on God and the Church ... until now, courtesy of the wise Dominican priest, Aidan Nichols.

In these pages, Fr. Nichols has gathered the most powerful theological passages from the many works of Chesterton, and included his own concise explanations of the keen and sometimes surprising ways they illuminate the most profound questions ever asked by man.

Readers new to Chesterton as well as his lifelong fans will delight in the fresh light he sheds here on the existence of God, the nature of man, the meaning of Christ, and the universal call to holiness, which in these pages rings out as loudly as it did when G.K. Chesterton first wrote these words over a century ago.

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5.0 out of 5 stars G.K.Chesterton: A Theologian 11 Oct. 2010
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So you want to read Chesterton? Lots of luck. He is a colossus. I have 35 of the collected volumes and more of his writings keep appearing--for which I am always grateful. This is one of them. It is satisfying glimpse of seminal theological ideas of Chesterton...which makes it well worth while. The transcendental gems of GKC are abundant and as illuminating as ever. One keeps asking, Why could I not have thought that too? The answer: Because I am not a genius for geniuses. The concept of paradox (GKC's tour de force)gives new insights, magnificent and monstrous: You realize that the old lasciviousness of nuns and the endemic shiftiness of Jesuits are now joined with the pedophilia of priests, while liberal imperialists, especially liberal press&media types, are undeniably worse in all categories! Meanwhile, the Church, almost always alone, remains surrounded by unprincipled hysterical enemies offended that the Church tells them (How dare she!), with irrefutable reason, how they are wrong in their dogmatic promotion of non-being whatever its form; and then, insulted and insulting, the Church haters are even more offended that the Church calls them on their sins exhorting them to Love as the only organization promoting LOVE--not anything goes love, but transcendental love--Truth Oneness Good and Beauty. How dare she do that too! The book is a great read giving an illuminating reminder of the Catholic Capital on which even our secularized culture still depends whether realized or not.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book in one hand, a dictionary in the other 25 Jan. 2011
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Known for his "Father Brown" mysteries, G. K. Chesterton applied his witty pen to Christian apologetics, seeing the experience of joy in the midst of any situation as the greatest argument for the existence of God. His was the simple call to wonder: "at the back of our brains ... there was a forgotten blaze or burst of astonishment at our own existence."

"Joy is the reaction to the fact that there should be such a thing as existence at all." (Nichols describing Chesterton's apologetic.) Chesterton appeals to the intelligentsia and to us all to cast aside our age-encrusted pride, and accept - with the simplicity of a child - the awe and wonder of God and the joy of existence itself.

I received this book free from Sophia Institute Press as part of their blogger review program.
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