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Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God (Making the Christian Imagination) Hardcover – August 15, 2011

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"Wood's critical retrieval of Chesterton's work demonstrates very clearly how worthwhile it remains to engage with Chesterton's most essential and provocative ideas."―Fergus Kerr, Honorary Professor of Modern Catholic Theology at the University of St Andrews

"Who better to make sense of G. K. Chesterton's quarrel with secular humanism? Wood brilliantly helps us navigate the trail Chesterton blazed through our modern Inferno."―Daniel McInerny, Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Honors College, Baylor University

"Ralph Wood had given us an outstanding contribution to Chesterton scholarship, revealing both the depth of the author's intellect and the breadth of his imagination."―Dale Ahlquist, President, American Chesterton Society

"The finest study of Chesterton in many years. It is precisely because Wood has not turned a blind eye to Chesterton's faults that he has succeeded so powerfully in demonstrating Chesterton's genius and continued importance for us today."―David Bentley Hart, author of Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

"Wood has triumphed once again. He shows how great Christian art is often paradoxically dark when conveying the light and he is a superb guide through the gloomy and yet glimmering wonderland of Chesterton's work."―Joseph Pearce, Associate Professor of Literature, Ave Maria University and author of Wisdom of Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton

"Wood does an excellent job excavating those moments in Chesterton where his Kipling-like jingoism gives way to a more chastened Christian vision that eschews triumphalism, exposes the dangers of a will-to-power mentality, and advocates the extending of hospitality even (and especially) to one's enemies."―Louis Markos, Reformation 21 blog

About the Author

Ralph C. Wood is University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University. He is the author of Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South and Literature and Theology.
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Product Details

  • Series: Making the Christian Imagination
  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602581614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602581616
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joel Fago on October 31, 2012
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Based on a fascinating interview with the author, Ralph Wood, in the September/October 2012 issue of Gilbert Magazine and reading selections on Amazon.com, I bought this book. It is excellent!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baby Maven on December 2, 2014
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One serious quibble: The footnoting is impossibly difficult.

First off, I usually like footnotes right there on the page being read. These are not. They are at the back of the book. For those of us who are interested in footnotes, this is so very off-putting, requiring much back-and-forth flipping to/from the back to look at the notes! I absolutely hate this.

If footnotes are put off to the end of the book, then they should be numbered consecutively throughout the book, not starting with new numbers for every chapter. The footnotes in this book, very aggravatingly, require one to look at the super-heading of the appendix with all footnotes just to know whether you are looking up notes on the correct chapter or page of the text.

I am barely into chapter one and already getting exasperated trying to keep track of the notes. I may not finish the book at all because of this serious flaw.
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wayne E. Stahre on February 11, 2013
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This is a review of the price not the book. I would love to buy this book but I am not made of money and I question why an electronic book warrents a price comparable to a printed book which may still be on my shelf decades from now.
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