G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was one of the greatest thinkers and authors of the twentieth century. A major influence on C.S. Lewis, Chesterton wrote one hundred books, two hundred short stories, four thousand newspaper essays, and more—all very thought provoking and often humorous.

Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age

By |2019-07-23T11:43:15-05:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christendom, Christian Living, Community, Friendship, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

What is friendship? Why is it important and why is it worth cultivating? These axiomatic questions form a significant part of the thought and writing of C. S. Lewis. In a letter to his lifelong friend, Arthur Greeves, Lewis touched upon the heart and meaning of friendship: The First [Universal Friend] is the alter [...]

G.K. Chesterton’s “A Ballade of Suicide”

By |2018-10-28T21:50:37-05:00October 14th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Death, G.K. Chesterton, Literature, Poetry, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Titus Techera as he reflects on the meaning of G.K. Chesterton's "A Ballade of Suicide." —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher G.K. Chesterton published "A Ballade of Suicide" in his journal, The Eye-Witness, September 21, 1911. This is a ballade, an old French form [...]

G.K. Chesterton’s “What’s Wrong With the World”

By |2019-04-18T11:17:36-05:00August 8th, 2018|Categories: Civilization, Culture, England, G.K. Chesterton, Politics|

The next time someone tells you that reactionaries and other assorted defenders of the family and private property do not care about the poor, invite them to read G.K. Chesterton’s final words in What’s Wrong with the World… A man of great good cheer, G. K. Chesterton was well known for his sunny disposition [...]

The Dark Side of Normal

By |2018-04-07T20:00:22-05:00April 7th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Culture, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Virtue|

Sin is the most normal thing of all throughout the ages of human experience. It is far more normal than virtue. There are always far more sinners than there are saints... “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” G.K. Chesterton (What’s Wrong with the [...]

The Contemplative Mood: Restoring God to Public Life

By |2019-04-11T10:34:03-05:00March 24th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture, G.K. Chesterton, Philosophy|

Contemporary culture is characterized by a morbid self-awareness that destroys the joy of life and tosses everything it touches into a dark pit of closed and inverted self-centeredness. If we want God back in our public life, we have to restore a “contemplative mood”—a reflectiveness that runs like a warm and sweet underground river [...]

What is Normal?

By |2019-04-11T12:05:36-05:00March 22nd, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Catholicism, Christianity, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce|

The real test of normality is whether we consider the collective experience of human history to be more authentically normal than the current norms imposed by contemporary fads and fashions and the ascendant ideologies of which the fads and fashions are but the social expression… It is intriguing that being normal is normally seen [...]

Fanaticism: Distorting Humanity?

By |2018-12-21T07:18:10-06:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Ideology, Jane Austen, St. Augustine, St. John Henry Newman, Timeless Essays|

In his narrow pursuit of one ruling idea, the fanatic ignores the greater world surrounding him and blinds himself to the rest of reality… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Mitchell Kalpakgian as he explores the nature of the fanatic and how fanaticism is incompatible with [...]

G.K. Chesterton and the Rehabilitation of Eros

By |2018-02-07T23:25:31-06:00February 7th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christianity, G.K. Chesterton, Love|

We should consider G.K. Chesterton the great liberator and purifier of eros, fighting for its rights in the great civilizational turmoil of his times, and doing it in a strict accordance with the great philosophical and theological tradition of the West, not only Christian—but also Pagan… “There are more than enough considerations that might [...]

Russell Kirk: Christian Humanism and Conservatism

By |2019-10-15T21:58:16-05:00January 21st, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Conservatism, G.K. Chesterton, History, Russell Kirk|

Russell Kirk was aware that others had also claimed the mantle of humanism, but in the name of secularism. The revival of Christian humanism in our time is spurred by the need to respond to the rise of this popular secular humanism and its half-truths… During a dinner conversation with Russell and Annette Kirk [...]

Cheapening Chesterton

By |2018-01-16T15:52:25-06:00January 16th, 2018|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Literature|

ABCs of the Christian Life is a new book that will tax the patience of the most enthusiastic Chestertonian… ABCs of the Christian Life: The Ultimate Anthology of the Prince of Paradox by G.K. Chesterton (180 pages, Ave Maria Press/Christian Classics, 2017) These days, new books on Chesterton are ten a penny, as are new [...]

Europe and the Faith: Arguing With Hilaire Belloc

By |2019-03-07T10:44:53-06:00January 13th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Civilization, Death, Europe, Faith, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, History, Joseph Pearce|

Europe may indeed perish, crucified by the sins, errors, and heresies of her own sons, but Christianity will never perish because, as Chesterton reminds us, it has a God who knows the way out of the grave… The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith. Hilaire Belloc These words of Hilaire Belloc, possibly [...]

Christianity’s Home in Homelessness

By |2019-10-03T11:26:07-05:00January 13th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Culture, Faith, Featured, G.K. Chesterton|

Christians are called to live as pilgrims, understanding that home in this world lies in homelessness, albeit a special, holy homelessness… The history of Western philosophy may be but a footnote on Plato, but the history of the whole of Western philosophy, theology, politics, science, art, and the all the relationships among them—is more [...]

Pray, Don’t Worry, Be Happy

By |2018-01-05T13:58:48-06:00December 29th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Faith, G.K. Chesterton, Happiness, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Virtue, Wyoming Catholic College|

A Catholic, liberal-arts college’s course of study, being an integrated one ordered to and by natural and supernatural wisdom, is an excellent apprenticeship into the contemplative life, which does not replace the active life, but only crowns it and makes it worthwhile… Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious [...]