The Everlasting Man Paperback – July 19, 2013
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Chesterton addresses this problem with statements such as this. “Christianity does appeal to a solid truth outside itself; to something which is in that sense external as well as that things are really things—in this Christianity is at one with common sense; but all religious history shows that this common sense perishes except where there is Christianity to preserve it.”
I was also drawn to his words about writing fiction and non-fiction. He says that until historians can explain not only what happened, but what it felt like, there will be more reality in novels than history books. And this, “The life of man is a story; an adventure story; and in our vision the same is true of the story of God.”
To nonbelievers, Chesterton has this to say about Christianity, “. . . it would seem that sooner or later even its enemies would learn from their incessant and interminable disappointments not to look for anything so simple as its death. They may continue to war with it, but it will be as they war with nature; as they war with the landscape; as they war with the skies.” He quotes Christ’s words from Matthew: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Chesterton continues, “They will watch for it to stumble; they will watch for it to err; but no longer will they watch for it to end.”
I have read and reread this book over many years and there is something fresh, amazing and powerful I discover in it every time. This purchase was a gift to a friend of almost scary intelligence. He sent me a couple of emails early. The first was something he got a laugh out of, the second was how he realized he needed to slow down and dig in more. He hasn't been heard from since. (kidding) It has amazing layers upon layers and satisfies on many levels. Spoiler alert: you will never think the same way about cavemen again.
Chesterton is almost certainly the most prolific author of the 20th century and one of its greatest thinkers. If you have the sand to give it a try I recommend starting with the Audible/Kindle version, which is well narrated.
Chesterton takes on the task of counteracting popular opinion that man is just another animal and that Christianity is just another religion. He does so with both wit and wisdom. He challenges the assumptions of many learned thinkers by turning their arguments on their heads and showing how much better they then represent reality.
Highly recommended for those interested in apologetics as well as anyone investigating Christianity. Chesterton provides a convincing case for orthodox Christianity with humor, intelligence, and beauty.
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Not quite any of the above.
The very knowledgeable author starts from the cave man and follows the strangest of mythologies as well as dark phylosophies and obscure cults to argue how odd and unique 'Christendom' really is.
This was by far the hardest book I've read. Mainly because how the author explains (or not) his arguments and the way they are written. A lot of statements without explanation. Heavy use of 'deep' vocabulary and technical Anthropology terms.
I guess it's the old scholar fashion!
First and latter chapters Are the ones I've found more useful specially the last one and the 'conclusion' where Chesterton put out together his ideas nicely.
However, this is still fairly good value for a hardcover so you might decide the errors won't bug you too much and it's worth saving a few quid.