The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton: Christendon in Dublin, Irish Impressions, the New Jerusalem, a Short History of England, the Patriotic Idea, Explaining the English, London, What Are (Collected Works, Volume 20) [Paperback]
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Overview This next volume in Chesterton's series of collected works contains four of his books and four shorter "English" essays. Three of the books are accounts of his travels, two to Ireland and one to Palestine via Egypt. The fourth book is Chesteron's own effort to explain English history to Englishmen as well as to other interested parties, particularly the Irish. All of these books date from about 1920, except Christendom in Ireland, which concerns the 1932 Dublin Eucharistic Congress, which Chesterton attended.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.97" Width: 5.35" Height: 1.6" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2002
Publisher Ignatius Press
Series G.K. Chesterton Collected Works
Series Number 20
ISBN 0898708540 ISBN13 9780898708547 UPC 008987085409
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More About S.J. James V. Schall & G. K. Chesterton
Fr. James V. Schall teaches political philosophy at Georgetown University and a prolific essayist and author. Among his many works are the following from St. Augustine s Press: " The Regensburg Lecture, Sum Total of Human Happiness, The Modern Age," and "The Classical Moment. "
Rev. C. John McCloskey III is a Research Fellow of the Faith and Reason Center in Washington, D.C. He is the author of The Essential Belloc and of the well-known Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan"
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Worth Six Stars! Jul 20, 2005
This 650-page behemoth contains some of the most passionate and lyrical non-fiction by GK that I've come across. His travel commentaries reel off so many inspired observations and insights on such a broad range of topics, it's almost impossible to summarize.
"Christendom in Dublin" is a real gem. While visiting Dublin to attend the Eucharistic Congress of 1932, GK waxes eloquent on conversion, the Eucharist as the essence of faith, and the singular truth of Christ he finds amid the incredible shapes and sizes of the Faith and the faithful. A couple quotes:
"There are those who tell us we must broaden our ideas, by which they mean disembody or discolour them, in order to make a universal religion for men...The truth is flatly the other way."
"And I sometimes wondered whether even political democracy would not be a little more practical if people prepared for the General Election as they did for the Eucharistic Congress, with prayer and penance rather than with publicity and lies."
"The New Jerusalem" is a poetic description of the city seen in the light of its awesome history, as well as a penetrating commentary on Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and modern Europe.
"It is really not so repulsive to see the poor asking for money as to see the rich asking for more money. And advertisement is the rich asking for more money."
"As for our own society, if it proceeds at its present rate of progress and improvement, no trace or memory of it will be left at all. Some think this would be an improvement in itself." How prophetic!
"A Short History of England", which contains no actual dates (!), shows GK at his absolute best when it comes to distilling general principles from a dizzying array of facts. His command of the facts is superb, and his interpretation, which stood in stark contrast to the conventional wisdom of the time, rings truer than ever and ought to be heard.
"The ninteenth-century historians went on the curious principle of dismissing all people of whom tales are told, and concentrating upon people of whome nothing is told."
Speaking of the existence of an external God and against the idea of faith as a purely interior phenomenon, he says, "I do not, in my private capacity, believe that a baby gets his best physical food by sucking his thumb; nor that a man gets his best moral food by sucking his soul, and denying its dependence on God or other good things. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
What is particularly helpful in this history is GK's accounting of England's great historical transitions--from barbarism to medieval society, from the Middle Ages to "Reformation", and from there to modern capitalism. He is unsurpassed in his ability to discern the subtle shifts in attitude and social convention that set the stage for monumental change.
Without doubt, one of the strongest non-fiction volumes in the entire Ignatius collection.
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