Weekly G.K.: An Introduction to G.K. Chesterton

We are taking time off for now from the Bob stories. Sorry.

Now it is time for the weekly Chesterton.

If you have not heard of G.K. Chesterton don’t worry not many people have. That is why I am doing this weekly thing to talk about his books, life, philosophy, politics, and theology.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born on May 29, 1874 and died on June 14, 1936. He was in born Kensington, London, England.  He left St. Paul’s school to go to art school were he graduated in 1896. In 1902 he was given his own weekly column in The Daily News and it all went from their.

G.K. Chesterton wrote over 100 books, several hundred poems, 200 short stories, and over 4000 essays. He also wrote articles in The Daily News, The London Illustrated, and his own newspaper G.K.’s Weekly (hence the title of my weekly shenanigan).

He is best known now for his book The Man who was Thursday, his detective Father Brown short stories, and his apologetic theological/philosophical masterpiece Orthodoxy. G.K. was a Christian apologist, debater, and writer.

I love G.K. Chesterton because he had an interesting way at looking at the world and also he wrote so much differently than anybody else. They called him the “Prince of Paradox” for his use of paradox as one of his main tools in his writing. He also made tons of jokes in his writing. His books have supported and helped me in my walk with Christ, made me laugh, made me think, and made me change my mind.

He was a man of a great many things and I wish I could have met him. He was known as the man at war with his times because he was against capitalism, socialism, agnosticism, the corruption of the elite, mistreatment of the poor, materialism, and other fallacies popular around his time (which are still relevant today). Her debated with many people of his time such as Bertrand Russel, George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Clarence Darrow, and many others.

He was afraid of the literary intellectuals, of which he was one of, because the smart criminal is the most dangerous kind. Most of all though G.K. Chesterton was a man of his word and he supported his side with wit and with honesty, not bashing the other side but giving viable points with a humor no one else could match. That is why I love G.K. Chesterton.

Next week (probably next Wednesday) we will probably talk a little about his book The Man who was Thursday.

One Response to “Weekly G.K.: An Introduction to G.K. Chesterton”
  1. uckstudents says:

    Oh please! i love the man who was thursday. I reviewed it myself (heres a link if your interested. )
    The only thing that gets up my nose about the book is the way he dropps the noir atmosphere in order to become metaphysical. I found the origional premise-the spy thriller aspect-so appealing. But of course the metaphysics are the point, arnt they?

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