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What--if anything--is it that makes the human uniquely human? This, in part, is the question that G.K. Chesterton starts with in this classic exploration of human history. Responding to the evolutionary materialism of his contemporary (and antagonist) H.G. Wells, Chesterton in this work affirms human uniqueness and the unique message of the Christian faith. Writing in a time when social Darwinism was rampant, Chesterton instead argued that the idea that society has been steadily progressing from a state of primitivism and barbarity towards "civilization" is simply and flatly inaccurate. "Barbarism and civilization were not successive stages in the progress of the world", he affirms, with arguments drawn from the histories of both Egypt and Babylon.
As always with Chesterton, there is in this analysis something (as he said of Blake) "very plain and emphatic". He sees in Christianity a rare blending of philosophy and mythology, or reason and story, which satisfies both the mind and the heart. On both levels it rings true. As he puts it, "in answer to the historical query of why it was accepted, and is accepted, I answer for millions of others in my reply; because it fits the lock; because it is like life". Here, as so often in Chesterton, we sense a lived, awakened faith. All that he himself writes derives from a keen intellect guided by the heart's own knowledge. --Doug Thorpe --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) better known as G.K. Chesterton, was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox." Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out." (Wikipedia) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
First, let me start by saying that this book is essential reading and that, from all Chesterton's work, I would only put it behind his Orthodoxy, the two of which, together with... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Tom Jones
As a fan of C.S. Lewis, I had big expectations for this book. I wasn't disappointed. The author takes us on a journey throughout history with a lot of refreshing insights. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Arviopolis
“The Everlasting Man” is history, philosophy and theology interwoven to tell the story of how Christianity is a unique religion one that has guided man from his pre-Christian state... Read morePublished 11 months ago by James Gallen
Horrible version of a wonderful book. So disappointed. Text was poorly placed on the page making the book impossible to read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lindsay Cey
Again this is not easy reading. You have to learn the meanings of his writing. It is sometimes satirical in nature and sometimes forthright. Read morePublished 14 months ago by MCH
Great history and perspective of Christianity in history.
Christians and non-Christians alike will enjoy this history of man, I certainly did.
Really great book, but don't buy the paperback edition published by Wilder. It appears to have been produced using character recognition with zero editing. Read morePublished 16 months ago by S SMITH
I like much of his stuff but having Mary instead of Jesus as your daily person of contemplation is Idolatry as described in scripture.Published 19 months ago by Ronald Joseph Lorette