Thursday, May 21, 2015

#614


Monday, June 22nd, meeting at 6:15pm in the Trust Conference Room at the Library for our Summer Read.  We will be discussing The Man Who was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

#613


Sketch was found HERE

One more post to remind all readers of our May meeting to be held Wednesday, May 20th at 6:15pm in the Community Room at the Library.  Will Vaus is our guest speaker and he will discuss the influence of G.K. Chesterton on C.S. Lewis.  Will's latest book C.S. Lewis' Top Ten explores this topic as well.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

#612



It was here [in hospital during WWI due to trench fever] that I first read a volume of Chesterton essays.  I had never heard of him and had no idea of what he stood for; nor can I quite understand why he made such an immediate conquest of me.  It might have been expected that my pessimism, my atheism, and my hatred of sentiment would have made him to me the least congenial of all authors.  It would almost seem that Providence, or some "second cause" of a very obscure kind, quite overrules our previous tastes when it decides to bring two minds together.  Liking an author may be as involuntary and improbable as falling in love.  I was by now a sufficiently experienced reader to distinguish liking from agreement.  I did not need to accept what Chesterton said in order to enjoy it.  His humor was of the kind which I like best - not "jokes" imbedded in the page like currants in a cake, still less (what I cannot endure), a general tone of flippancy and jocularity, but the humor which is not in any way separable from the argument but is rather (as Aristotle would say) the "bloom" on dialectic itself.  The sword glitters not because the swordsman set out to make it glitter but because he is fighting for his life and therefore moving it very quickly.  For the critics who think Chesterton frivolous or "paradoxical" I have to work hard to feel even pity; sympathy is out of the question.  Moreover, strange as it may seem, I liked him for his goodness.

Surprised by Joy

Sunday, May 10, 2015

#610


Then I read Chesterton's Everlasting Man and for the first time saw the whole Christian outline of history set out in a form that seemed to me to make sense.  Somehow I contrived not to be too badly shaken.  You will remember that I already thought Chesterton the most sensible man alive "apart from his Christianity."  Now, I veritably believe, I thought - I didn't of course say: words would have revealed the nonsense - that Christianity itself was very sensible "apart from its Christianity."

From Surprised by Joy