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.

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 [...]

G. K. Chesterton and the Death of Christmas

By |2019-12-17T10:19:13-06:00December 8th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christmas, G.K. Chesterton|

Each generation believes that Father Christmas is dying, but he never dies. It is each generation that dies while Father Christmas lives on. Father Christmas will never die because Christ has risen from the dead... “There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than that of celebrating Christmas before it comes, as I am doing in [...]

“Lepanto”

By |2017-10-07T14:30:11-05:00October 7th, 2017|Categories: G.K. Chesterton, Poetry|

White founts falling in the courts of the sun, And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run; There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared, It stirs the forest darkness, the darkness of his beard, It curls the blood-red crescent, the crescent of his lips, For the [...]

Heaven Is a Playground

By |2017-09-22T15:45:41-05:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, G.K. Chesterton, Quotation|

"It is not only possible to say a great deal in praise of play; it is really possible to say the highest things in praise of it. It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. To be at last [...]

The Shakespeare Scholar Who Crossed Swords with C.S. Lewis

By |2019-09-28T09:50:17-05:00August 30th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Literature, StAR|

The Shakespeare scholar who crossed swords with C.S. Lewis describes Lewis in the early 1950s, at the height of his fame, as “a red-faced, egg-headed, portly, jolly, middle-aged man, who was (like Old King Cole) fond of his pipe and his glass of beer…” Father Peter Milward Father Peter Milward SJ, who died [...]

What Is Capitalism and Where Did It Start?

By |2019-10-30T10:47:01-05:00August 5th, 2017|Categories: Capitalism, Economic History, Economics, England, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce|

Trade has always existed, and rich merchants have always been a part of the economic and political picture, but merchants have not always been the rulers, as they are today… In a recent essay for The Imaginative Conservative, I claimed that capitalism had its origins in England. I had expected such a sweeping statement to [...]

The Return of Christian Humanism

By |2019-04-02T15:08:15-05:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Communio, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature, Pope Benedict XVI, T.S. Eliot|Tags: , |

Even when addressing non-Christians, Christian humanism’s willing receptiveness of the supernatural opens itself to the truths of revelation and of the human religious experience, allowing it to speak intimately and truthfully to the whole person… The Return of Christian Humanism: Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the Romance of History by Lee Oser (University of Missouri [...]

St. Pius V and the Battle of Lepanto

By |2019-10-03T12:25:09-05:00July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christendom, Europe, G.K. Chesterton, Islam, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, War|

Pope Pius, who had done more than anyone to make the Christian victory at Lepanto possible, is said to have burst into tears when news of it reached him… They have dared the white republics up the capes of Italy, They have dashed the Adriatic round the Lion of the Sea, And the Pope [...]

Beauty and the Imagination

By |2019-07-30T14:07:53-05:00July 16th, 2017|Categories: Beauty, Christian Humanism, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Imagination, Nature, Order, Theology|

The imagination is a gift from God, given in His own image, to conceive of a Glorious Reality that does exist, that we cannot yet fully see… Why is a sentence from C.S. Lewis delightful while an equally true statement by another, ordinary writer, is not? “I believe in Christianity as I believe the [...]

Turning Employees into Business Owners

By |2019-02-05T16:29:17-06:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Distributism, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

How do employee-owned companies fare in the wider economy? How do they compete in the dog-eat-dog world of business?… Many years ago, back in England and long before my conversion, I stumbled upon a book called The Man Who Gave His Company Away. It was a biography of Ernest Bader, a very successful entrepreneur [...]