The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton.
Jul 25, 2007 Fr.Bill M rated it 5 of 5 stars
Men and women have become Christians solely from reading this one book. If you are not a Christian, beware this book. It will possibly convert you. If it does not, then it will probably irreparably harden your heart. A book to save you eternally or to damn you to hell forever. Amazing.
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Jul 22, 2008 Edward Waverley rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with a profile on MySpace.
Recommended to Edward by: CS Lewis
Was Jesus the son of God? I think one of the most fascinating attempts to answer that question was mounted in the early 20th century by the two famous friends and literary rivals HG Wells and GK Chesterton, respectively the agnostic extraordinaire and the Catholic par excellence. For Wells, so emphatic was his need to debunk the notion of Christ’s divinity that he took a break from his novels and switched to a series of writings on history, the most famous of which ws his “Outline of History.” C …more
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Jan 19, 2014 Jonathan rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Shelves: own, g-k-chesterton, faith, historical, non-fiction, classic-literature, personal-favourites
The Everlasting Man is not your typical Christian apologetics classic. I say this because G.K. Chesterton is not aiming to write a pure ‘defence of the faith’ as it were, but to write a work that better explores the relationship of Christianity to history. It has become something of a fashionable statement to ignore the relevance of Christianity as it pertains to history and so Chesterton sets out to first explore the concept of God and his role as more than merely just another aspect of mytholo …more
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Mar 03, 2008 shaun mccormick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every single person on earth
The best book I have ever read.
A wonderful chronicle of how the entirety of history reaches its pinnacle in Jesus. From the start, Chesterton takes the poetic road; he swipes at the theory of evolution by asserting the necessity of art, the desire to create, and the noticing of beauty in unattractive things.
Sweeping into the mythologies, he shows how civilizations actually decline into polytheism from monotheism, rather than the generally-accepted opposite. He then shows how the Roman empire was …more
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Dec 11, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: adults, non-fiction
A brilliant study of comparative religion from earliest known human history to recent times. Chesterton looks at the essence of each religion and what makes them different to Christianity, so that you gradually realise that there is very little in which they can be compared, much less considered similar. There is no political correctness is what he says, if there were, the differences would have been neutralised until everything tasted more or less the same.
However, Chesterton may be best read …more
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Aug 21, 2007 Brian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: To Any Open Minded Person (but any Catholic it is a must)
Chesterton is a genius. Period.
This book, more than most others that are on the subject of Christian apologetics, blew me away. I can’t really put into words anything more than that. Maybe until I read it again. My mind was just stretched to its limits in the scope and density of his arguments.
Chesterton covers every argument for Christ & Christianity and its need and place in history.
I recommend this book to any Christian and most especially to any Catholic to read in their lifetime. At …more