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Book Title: The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton Volume 02: St. Francis of Assisi; The Everlasting Man; St. Thomas Aquinas|
The author of the book: G.K. Chesterton
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.62 MB
Edition: Ignatius Press
Date of issue: August 1st 1987
ISBN 13: 9780898701173
Read full description of the books:Chesterton once said he joined the Catholic Church because only the Catholic Church could produce a St. Francis of Assisi. This collection is comprised of three books in one, and you can see why they belong together. Chesterton's biographies of St.Francis and St. Thomas Aquinas stand in brilliant relief: the nature-loving, mystical vagabond who was delightfully indifferent to books, and the staunch and scholarly philosopher, aristocrat-turned-friar, who approached God primarily through his mind. Chesterton is one of those rare men of letters who has such breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding, when it comes to the major intellectual and philosophical movements throughout human history, that he is able to place these two figures in a startlingly broad context, and explain their contributions and relevance to both the Catholic Church, and the wider world of living and learning. The sheer scope of Chesterton's knowledge astounds me.
"Everlasting Man," I was told, is the story of Chesteron's conversion from atheism to Catholicism, but it is not. It is really a rebuke of the modern idea of "comparative religion," and a challenge to those who say that "Christ stands side by side with similar myths, and his religion side by side with similar religions." The end does, however, read as a beautiful explanation of why Chesterton sees Christianity as unique among other belief systems, and why he believes it's true: "because the key fits the lock; because it is like life." (Before you can assess the quality of the statement, you must, obviously, read his two-hundred page description of the lock first, and then his explanation of the key.)
What surprised me most about his writing was how poetic and lyrical it can be: "We are Christians and Catholics not because we worship a key, but because we have passed a door; and felt the wind that is the trumpet of liberty blow over the land of the living." Chesterton says the best place to be in relation to our spiritual home is near enough to love it. If you consider the Catholic Church your spiritual home, and are near enough to love it, you might not need to read this book. He says that the next best place to be is far enough away not to hate it. And if you are far enough away from the Church not to hate it, then I would very strongly recommend this book.
Read information about the authorGilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News. He also edited his own newspaper, G.K.’s Weekly.
Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.
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