The Everlasting Man
"The contemporary book that has helped me the most is Chesterton's The Everlasting Man." - CS Lewis. This masterpiece played a key role in C S Lewis' conversion to Christianity. It is a lucid, rigorously argued, brilliantly witty survey of...
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"The contemporary book that has helped me the most is Chesterton's The Everlasting Man." - CS Lewis. This masterpiece played a key role in C S Lewis' conversion to Christianity. It is a lucid, rigorously argued, brilliantly witty survey of the broad sweep of history, showing how Christ and his Church are the fulfilment of all human desires.
Considered by many to be Chesterton's greatest masterpiece of all his writings, this is his whole view of world history as informed by the Incarnation. Beginning with the origin of man and the various religious attitudes throughout history, Chesterton shows how the fulfillment of all of man's desires takes place in the person of Christ and in Christ's Church.
Chesterton propounds the thesis that "those who say that Christ stands side by side with similar myths, and his religion side by side with similar religions, are only repeating a very stale formula contradicted by a very striking fact." And with all the brilliance and devastating irony, so characteristic of his best writing, Chesterton gleefully and tempestuously tears to shreds that "very stale formula" and triumphantly proclaims in vivid language the glory and unanswerable logic of that very striking fact. Here is the genius of Chesterton at its delightful best.
G. K. Chesterton is one of the first popular writers to object to culture's casual dismissal of the divine. In The Everlasting Man he restores God to our understanding of history.
The Everlasting Man is one of G. K. Chesterton's most important books. Frustrated with attempts to relate history without God, such as H. G. Wells' Outline of History, The Everlasting Man is Chesterton's view of history, presented in two parts: "On the Creature Called Man," and "On the Man Called Christ." He argues that the central character in history is Christ, and that no explanation other than the Christian one makes sense.
Chesterton was one of the spiritual influences on C. S. Lewis, and this book in particular was a key factor in Lewis' conversion to Christianity. Readers who appreciate the writings of Lewis will want to explore the writings of those who influenced him, including Chesterton. The Everlasting Man is now available from Hendrickson in a re-typeset and redesigned version.
Those who say that Christ stands side by side with similar myths, and his religion side by side with similar religions, are only repeating a very stale formula contradicted by a very striking fact. Exasperated by accounts of human history that fail to so much as mention. God, G.K. Chesterton undertakes his own brilliant survey of world history as it is informed by that one very striking fact-the Incarnation.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England, in 1874. He went on to study art at the Slade School, and literature at University College in London. Chesterton wrote a great deal of poetry, as well as works of social and literary criticism. Among his most notable books are The Man Who Was Thursday, a metaphysical thriller, and The Everlasting Man, a history of humankind's spiritual progress. After Chesterton converted to Catholicism in 1922, he wrote mainly on religious topics such as Orthodoxy and Heretics. Chesterton is most known for creating the famous priest-detective character Father Brown, who first appeared in The Innocence of Father Brown. Chesterton died in 1936 at the age of 62.