Are there any converts out there who may want to respond to my
I was just wondering if any have read “The Everlasting Man” by G.K. Chesterton…and, if it would be a good gift for a Protestant Minister (Evangelical). I bought (and wrapped) a gift for my brother-in-law (who I’m always trying to reach in small ways).
I am under the impression that G. K. Chesterton is considered to be a non-abrasive,
Protestant-acceptable author, and, particularly, that this book would be more ‘christian’ than Catholic, yet still provide some Catholic thought which may help someone broaden their perspective.
Any thoughts out there? Will this make a good Christmas gift? (haven’t read it myself…so I’m looking for some who may have)
Yes, I would consider Chesterton’s book a very good gift. As C.S. Lewis wrote concerning his reading “The Everlasting Man” while still an atheist:
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 . . . I already thought Chesterton the most sensible man alive “apart from his Christianity.” Now, I veritably believe, I thought that Christianity itself was very sensible "apart from its Christianity (Surprised by Joy)
And as Chesterton wrote in the “Prefatory Note” to “The Everlasting Man”:
This book needs a preliminary note that its scope be not misunderstood. The view suggested is historical rather than theological, and does not deal directly with a religious change which has been the chief event of my own life; and about which I am already writing a more purely controversial volume. It is impossible, I hope, for any Catholic to write any book on any subject, above all this subject, without showing that he is a Catholic; but this study is not specially concerned with the differences between a Catholic and a Protestant. Much of it is devoted to many sorts of Pagans rather than any sort of Christians; and its thesis is that those who say that Christ stands side by side with similar myths, and his religion side by side with similar religions, are only repeating a very stale formula contradicted by a very striking fact….