Christianity, Nonfiction

The Everlasting Man

The Everlasting Man (1925) is G.K. Chesterton’s response to H.G. Wells’ Outline of History. Chesterton took issue with Wells’ evolutionary interpretation and his ensuing book is one of the ten C.S. Lewis credited as most influential in his intellectual life, spiritual history and vocation. What comes to mind first is a question: what would Chesterton… Read More The Everlasting Man

Christianity, Nonfiction

Orthodoxy

I finished Chesterton’s autobiographical book Orthodoxy a few days ago. I loved it and will probably read it again. We’ve all seen Chesterton quotes floating around here and there, and they’re always pithy and witty. I admit that at times I found his writing wearying for that very reason: it’s relentlessly epigrammatic. I learned to… Read More Orthodoxy

Novels

The Man who was Thursday

I get cranky with books that are heavily allegorical. Something in me says irritably, “If you have a message this specific, just say it. Why try to hide it in a story?” J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to… Read More The Man who was Thursday