The Everlasting Man

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The Everlasting Man 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

  • Title: The Everlasting Man
  • Author: G.K. Chesterton
  • ISBN: 9781573832977
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 tiWhat, 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 writes derives from a keen intellect guided by the heart s own knowledge.

    The Everlasting Man G K Chesterton The Everlasting Man integrates history, sociology, theology and philosophy, and seasons it all with wit and humor It is a serious book all the same, and if you spend some time with it, will help you think clearly about how we came to be the people we are. The Everlasting Man G.K CHESTERTON THE EVERLASTING MAN THE EVERLASTING MAN by G.K CHESTERTON Contents Introduction The Plan of This Book PART ONE ON THE CREATURE CALLED MAN I The Man in the Cave II Professors and Prehistoric Men III The Antiquity of Civilisation IV God and Comparative Religion V Man and Mythologies. The Everlasting Man by G.K Chesterton 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. Lecture The Everlasting Man The American Chesterton Lecture The Everlasting Man by Dale Ahlquist C.S Lewis was an atheist until he read Chesterton s book, The Everlasting Man , but he wasn t afterwards, prompting him to observe that a young man who is serious about his atheism cannot be too careful about what he reads. The Everlasting Man by G K Chesterton, Paperback The Everlasting Man by G K Chesterton The Everlasting Man is a history of mankind, Christ and Christianity written by G K Chesterton It is to some extent a deliberate rebuttal of H G Wells Outline of History, disputing Wells portrayals of human life and civilization as a seamless development from animal life and of Jesus Christ as The Everlasting Man Wikiquote The Everlasting Man is a Christian apologetics book written by G K Chesterton Published in , it is to some extent a deliberate rebuttal of H G Wells The Outline of History, disputing Wells portrayals of human life and civilization as a seamless development from animal life and of Jesus Christ as merely another charismatic figure. The Everlasting Man G K Chesterton G K Chesterton was one of the most beloved and prolific authors of the twentieth century.He wrote dozens of popular books on a variety of topics and thousands of essays His works include Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man, The Man Who Was Thursday, and The Everlasting Man Summary BookRags The Everlasting Man Summary Study Guide G K Chesterton This Study Guide consists of approximately pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Everlasting Man.

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    1. Fr.Bill M on said:

      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.

    2. Edward Waverley on said:

      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 [...]

    3. Jonathan Terrington on said:

      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 [...]

    4. shaun mccormick on said:

      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 [...]

    5. booklady on said:

      What can I possibly write/say about The Everlasting Man that hasn’t already been written/said ever so much better? He is Our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ of course and this book about Him is supposedly the best writing by G.K. Chesterton. The latter point might be debatable, the first certainly isn’t. There is one comment. Perhaps it has been made by others, I do not know. But I loved GK’s points about the Caveman and his drawings. Art is a refinement unique to Man and thanks to the expla [...]

    6. Clare Cannon on said:

      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 i [...]

    7. David Sarkies on said:

      The Spiritual History of Humanity9 June 2016 It was quite ironic that as I was reading this book I noticed that a friend of mine was regularly updating his Facebook status with quotes from G.K. Chesterton. Mind you, they weren't any old quotes, they were no doubt quotes that particularly struck him. It is a real shame that he isn't on (or has made any mention on Facebook what book he is reading) because no doubt he is reading some Chesterton at this time, I just am not really sure which one it [...]

    8. Brian on said:

      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 [...]

    9. Amy on said:

      How to explain what it is like reading G. K. Chesterton? It is having your mind blown and your imagination blessed at the same time. It is sentences that need to be re-read because they are both profound and painful. It is feeling like you are being put through a ringer but you'll be better for it at the end. Clever, challenging, encouraging, even inspiring. That is what it is to read Chesterton. It took me a summer to get through this one but I highly value the chance I got to really dig deep. [...]

    10. Skylar Burris on said:

      The Everlasting Man is a strange kind of Christian apologetics, which relates the story of man from the beginning of time. Chesterton gives a delightful thrashing to the anthropologists who draw amazing conclusions from minimal evidence; emphasizes that whether or not evolution is true, it offers absolutely no reasonable explanation for the vast divide between man and the animals; pokes some fun at the silliness of comparative religion; and teases the historical critics who draw insupportable cl [...]

    11. Dhandayutha on said:

      There are some writers you must read them to learn what it means to think,what it means to argue,how to keep your guns intact at all moments.Nietzsche,Adorno,Lawrence,Chesterton are few among them.Reading Adorno and Chesterton and Nietzsche are an exercise to mind to learn how to think.As far i know Chesterton was a most potential opponent of Nietzsche and a strong defendant of Christianity.Its very hard not to be absorbed by him whenever you read him.Only when i read Chesterton and Nietzsche to [...]

    12. Julie Davis on said:

      Rereading or rather relistening. I'm being blown away once again.Original review is below.=========Having finished Chesterton's book about St. Francis of Assisi, I looked for a copy of this one, which I've always found the most intriguing concept of all his books: a study of comparative religion against the backdrop of history, as compared to Christianity.I was really surprised to find the first chapter meshing incredibly well with Jurassic Park, which I am just finishing up for the umpteenth t [...]

    13. Jeff Miller on said:

      The first thing I ever read of Chesterton's was a chapter from this book titled "God in a Cave", so I have a great fondness for this books and my introduction to Chesterton.As this is another re-read of this, my love of this goes much farther than fondness. His "outline of history" in response to his friend H.G. Well's book still pertains as much today as ever. This sweeping birds eye view of history presents a rather odd apologetic and a way of seeing things so simple that you pass over them. M [...]

    14. Mark Adderley on said:

      I've now read "The Everlasting Man" for the second time. It has some of the drawbacks other reviewers have noted--racial epithets that don't go down well in the twenty-first century, Eurocentrism (more below), a style that sometimes obscures the main point.However, these are superficial criticisms. For the most part, it presents an examination of certain logical fallacies about the Christian faith that you sometimes hear today. The science of evolution may have moved on from what it was in Chest [...]

    15. Dean on said:

      I mean it was C. S. Lewis who said: "for me a book is of no use if I don't read it at least two or three times".Well, I only can agree to the uttermost with Lewis.Particularly "the everlasting man" by G. K. Chesterton is a classic candidate for rereading it several times.The book himself enjoys a classic status. Here Chesterton displays masterfully his keen, winning and engaging wit, and tantalizes us trough his amazing and eloquent gift as one of the best Christians apologetics writer ever!!"Th [...]

    16. David Huff on said:

      A masterpiece among many fine works of Chesterton, “The Everlasting Man” brings an everlasting change to the whole notion of “comparative religions”; and reading this great and challenging book will give you a new perspective on the history of the world. In fact, Chesterton wrote it, in part, as a theological rebuttal to H. G. Wells’ “Outline of History”. More specifically, it is a deep and beautifully written essay to describe, as the Boston Transcript notes, “How the fulfillmen [...]

    17. Steve on said:

      Chesterton writes this book to fend off the same arguments that continue today -evolutionist philosophy, materialism, comparative religion.He brings out a point I had not considered before. Humanism would have us believe that society is evolving to ever higher civilization. Chesterton points out that history does not bear this out. Egypt, Babylon, the Mayans; all had advanced civilizations that disintegrated because of the nature of man. It brought to mind a conversation I had with a young man i [...]

    18. Sara on said:

      This is a masterpiece. It is a focused walk through the story of mankind. I think that I will use this with my beginning scholars as an orientation to world history. I will forever understand that man always begins in a cave. Chesterton has given me a powerful understanding of why Christ was born in a stable (rather than A field, the woods, a home or a palace). I have a new confidence and peace and sense of hope for my own time knowing that it is only natural that Christendom will go through a g [...]

    19. Tara on said:

      I've read this twice now, and I continue to think this is a vastly overrated book. Pieces of it are beautiful and rather brilliant, but only slight pieces. There's the argument about not dismissing ideas simply because they fell out of fashion - were they actually disproved? The answer is, yes, and the book falls short because the author's intelligence was strangled by his Euro-centric, racist, sexist beliefs. He is entirely blind to the crimes of Western Culture, and he seems to have sincerely [...]

    20. Tim on said:

      A few months ago I read an anthropology book in which the author took the position that because there are particulars (particular religions, particular moral codes), we are justified in believing this means we have imagined all universals (God, good and evil). God does not exist and all of these elaborate and competing theologies more or less popped up simultaneously over the planet as we spread across it. From these particulars, we then imagined a universal: an actual Creator behind it all. How [...]

    21. David Withun on said:

      Chesterton has taken up a tremendous task with this book and spectacularly accomplished his goals. Here, he sets out to explore and explain the nature and history of man in relation to the central event in the history of the species: the Incarnation of God as man in the Person of Jesus Christ. To accomplish this goal, Chesterton begins with the beginning of man in prehistory and proceeds through to the rise of Christianity. His goal along the way is to demonstrate the singular uniqueness of man [...]

    22. Daniel Wright on said:

      Such is the peculiarity of my shelving structure that I must put all books by G. K. Chesterton on a shelf called 'modernist-era'. How did the very scourge of modernity in person end up on a such an oddly named shelf? Especially such a book as this, where he lays into everything modern with all his formidable eloquence. He is at his best at the beginning, critiquing contemporary unfounded speculation about primitive humankind. In this, he has very much been vindicated by events - palaeoanthropolo [...]

    23. Laura on said:

      I may have finished this book, but I'm not done with it. Nowhere near. I will be thumbing back through my (many) underlined passages to try and retrace the whole argument Chesterton makes. Essentially, Chesterton sets out to prove that "man is not an evolution, but a revolution." And that any effort to dismiss Christianity as just one among many belief systems falls short of truly seeing Christianity as the oddity that it was and is still. Chesterton has a way of seeing the world that draws my a [...]

    24. Megan on said:

      This book is basically an extended argument for the truth of Christianity's central doctrine of the Incarnation. Chesterton crafts his arguments with style, grace, humor, and deep intelligence. It requires patience -- the book demands attention and work and Chesterton's use of schemes and tropes is scintillating to the point of maddening -- but it is a thoroughly rewarding read.There's this one part at the end where he talks about the dawn as 'God kindling the morning fires for the world' -- the [...]

    25. Jon Gill on said:

      This is an incredible read, and it will take some work to grasp it all. But it’s worth it, especially for Christians who are questioning their faith, or skeptics who want to throw Christianity out with the bathwater of religious bad behavior. Chesterton is not like anyone elseChesterton has a good reputation for being the master of the turn-of-phrase. He does this well in small essays (I read “All Things Considered” earlier this year, and it’s full of great quotables and short nuggets), [...]

    26. Kevin Schroder on said:

      Wow that was bad. Chesterton is the master of the pithy statement; unfortunately his ability to construct larger arguments is non-extistent. I have read some of Chesterton's other works that had been recommended to me and was always ill-struck by his misanthropic views and bluster. I read this because C.S. Lewis cites the book as one of the reasons for his conversion. I now understand. Chesterton's writing is as unnecessarily convoluted and filled with specious reasoning as Lewis' Mere Christian [...]

    27. M. Patrick on said:

      I read The Everlasting Man, an apology of Catholic theology because I wanted to understand how G. W. Chesterton influenced C. S. Lewis. As I began it, I found Chesterton's arrogant arguments childish and weakly supported. By the time I finished it I decided he ought to have titled it, In Defense of Catholic Inquisitions. His initial arguments defending the proposition that one cannot understand history without understanding that Christ was the son of God incarnate were ad homina arguments. that [...]

    28. Matt on said:

      I think Chesterton might be an acquired taste, but with three of his books under my belt, I'm finally a fan. This is an apologetic and history of sorts, but his writing is so lyrical, almost poetic, that it's easy to get hypnotized by the originality, rhythm, and imagery and not notice whether his logic holds. Fascinating book on the history of man, the origin of religion, and a critique of the attempt to compare religions, that I hope to re-read some day.

    29. Paul on said:

      Chesterton's most mature and complete work of history and theory, The Everlasting Man verily bristles with insight, marvel, delight of the mind.Everything Chesterton writes is fruitful. I say this as a writer myself. There is nothing better to read than Chesterton when you are having difficulty thinking and writing.

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