Religious G.K. Chesterton The Everlasting Man

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The Everlasting Man

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9780385071987: The Everlasting Man

GK Chesterton, newspaper columnist and charismatic author of almost 80 books, was fearless in going against the mainstream. The Everlasting Man, written in 1925, is an insightful and provocative examination of the spiritual history of humankind and of Western civilization. Is man just another animal, simply a by-product of evolution? Or does he have great purpose and significance? In The Everlasting Man, Chesterton probes this and other questions with humour, wit and insight. This Large Print Unabridged Edition includes: Prefatory Note, Introduction: The Plan of this Book, The Man in the Cave, Professors and Prehistoric Men, The Antiquity of Civilisation, God and Comparative Religion, Man and Mythologies, Demons and the Philosophers, The War of the Gods and Demons, The End of the World, The God in the Cave, The Riddles of the Gospel, The Strangest Story in the World, The Witness of the Heretics, The Escape from Paganism, The Five Deaths of the Faith, Conclusion: The Summary of this Book, Appendix I: On Prehistoric Man, and Appendix II: On Authority and Accuracy.

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What, if anything, is it that makes the human uniquely human? This, in part, is the question that G.K. Chesterton starts with in this classic exploration of human history. Responding to the evolutionary materialism of his contemporary (and antagonist) H.G. Wells, Chesterton in this work affirms human uniqueness and the unique message of the Christian faith. Writing in a time when social Darwinism was rampant, Chesterton instead argued that the idea that society has been steadily progressing from a state of primitivism and barbarity towards civilization is simply and flatly inaccurate. "Barbarism and civilization were not successive stages in the progress of the world," he affirms, with arguments drawn from the histories of both Egypt and Babylon.

As always with Chesterton, there is in this analysis something (as he said of Blake) "very plain and emphatic." He sees in Christianity a rare blending of philosophy and mythology, or reason and story, which satisfies both the mind and the heart. On both levels it rings true. As he puts it, "in answer to the historical query of why it was accepted, and is accepted, I answer for millions of others in my reply; because it fits the lock; because it is like life." Here, as so often in Chesterton, we sense a lived, awakened faith. All that he writes derives from a keen intellect guided by the heart's own knowledge. --Doug Thorpe

About the Author:

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 - 1936) published numerous works which include compilations of his voluminous journalism, novels, biographies, histories, criticism, Christian apologetics, poetry, and plays. Many of his novels have the genuine marks of genius. His books on Dickens (for whom he had a considerable affinity) and Saint Thomas Aquinas are considered classics in their fields.

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