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Overview G. K. Chesterton has been described by both his admirers and even his opponents as the "apostle of common sense" and "one of the happiest, kindest, most brilliant and witty" defenders of Christianity that ever lived. From his youthful days as a free-thinking Victorian to his entry into the Catholic Church, G. K. Chesterton always seemed to be a man who loved truth, beauty and goodness, and who had a vast appreciation and gratitude for the gift of life itself, with all of its many joys as well as sorrows. Indeed, for Chesterton, the joys far outweighed the sorrows. In this book, Chesterton's brilliance as a writer and thinker again shines through as he explains his understanding of Catholicism and the Catholic Church, and how her appeal to reason and truth eventually won him over. For Chesterton, a man misses the point of it all unless he acts on two essentials at the heart of conversion. He describes these in his own words: "One is that he believes it to be solid objective truth, which is true whether he likes it or not; and the other is that he seeks liberation from his sins." These two reasons are why Chesterton became a Catholic, and are what he describes in his unique and colorful way in this book.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.08" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2006
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 1586170732 ISBN13 9781586170738
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More About G. K. Chesterton
G.K. Chesteron was born in 1874. He attended the Slade School of Art, where he appears to have suffered a nervous breakdown, before turning his hand to journalism. A prolific writer throughout his life, his best-known books include The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904), The Man Who Knew Too Much(1922), The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) and the Father Brown stories. Chesterton converted to Roman Catholicism in 1922 and died in 1938. Michael D. Hurley is a Lecturer in English at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St Catharine's College. He has written widely on English literature from the nineteenth century to the present day, with an emphasis on poetry and poetics. His book on G. K. Chesterton was published in 2011.
G. K. Chesterton lived in London. G. K. Chesterton was born in 1874 and died in 1936.
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The conviction of a genius Oct 25, 2008
Due to what might be predominantly attributed to his wit, candor, and jovial tone, Chesterton's work is always enjoyable to read. It might be said that it is when he takes on an apologist's role to convey his convictions that Chesterton is at his best. He has been criticized, however, for being too confident in his own beliefs while intolerant with regard to the beliefs of others. Nonetheless, it is difficult to criticize a man for his confidence in what he perceives to be truth when he is so good at making it almost impossible to deny the truth that he writes of. This is what Chesterton does in The Catholic Church and Conversion; he presents that which is easy to ignore but hard to deny.
As a Protestant that has derived so much pleasure from the works of Chesterton I could not bring myself to overlook even one title, particularly one which I knew would correct the ignorance of any of my personal preconceived perceptions. In The Catholic Church and Conversion, Chesterton points out why it was inevitable that he and so many others have converted and will convert to Catholicism. Again, it is hard to deny the truths this author speaks of, especially when it is coupled with examples derived from common human experience. While Chesterton would probably respond that I only further justify his position by saying so, I must say that this work is not only true in terms of conversion to Catholicism but to Christianity in general. Chesterton's purpose, though, was not to defend all denominations of Christianity but to justify the legitimacy of the Catholic Church as Christianity, and does a magnificent job refuting common fallacies while presenting his case. So much so that one is forced to consider the legitimacy of their personal denomination if it is anything other than the Roman Catholic Church.
Ultimately, The Catholic Church and Conversion is yet another beautiful work of G.K. Chesterton that should be read by all. This might be particularly true of those that perceive Roman Catholicism to be something other than Christianity when compared to any denomination of Protestantism. At least give Chesterton, a passionate Roman Catholic convert, an opportunity to present why it is that he is so passionately so. It is a short, quick read and thoroughly enjoyable at that.
Exciting Book with a Dull Title Oct 13, 2006
Like Orthodoxy, which is arguably Chesterton's best non-fiction book, this is an exciting book with a dull title. Orthodoxy, however, had a somewhat better subtitle: "The Romance of Faith". In his 1936 autobiography, Chesterton admitted that he thought Orthodoxy was a bad title and had always meant to change it but never got around to it. He makes no such comments on this book.
Until now, the only way to get this book was in Collected Works Volume III which collects the so-called and little-known "Catholic" books written after his conversion in 1922. Most have better titles like The Thing, The Well and The Shadows and Where All Roads Lead, but this is the book that knocked me out.
I found out about these books through The Apostle of Common Sense, a book and video series that ran on EWTN by Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society. He briefly describes thirteen of G.K.'s non-fiction works (and the Father Brown detective series), and quotes from them. That last was the clencher, as this book seemed overflowing with bon mots and Chestertonian whimsey. Who but GK would list these as the three stages of conversion: 1. Patronizing the Church; 2. Discovering the Church; 3. Running Away from the Church?
GK said of his brother Cecil that "we often argued but never quarreled". Like much of GK, this book may provoke some lively arguments. But it's not simply for those interested in Rome and conversion, title to the contrary. What Ignatius has done is given us a quick read (under 150 pages) at a great price (under ten bucks) of some nearly unknown Chesterton. And when GK enters the ring, it's certain to enliven any philosophical discussion.