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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Considered by many to be Chesterton's greatest masterpiece of all his writings, this is his whole view of world history as informed by the Incarnation. Beginning with the origin of man and the various religious attitudes throughout history.

In this thoughtful response to the rampant social Darwinism of the early twentieth century, G K. Chesterton explains how religion - a blend of philosophy and mythology - satisfies both the human intellect and the spirit, and sets man starkly apart from any other living creature. Written in 1925, this enduring polemic still strikes a modern chord. Addressing evolution, feminism, and cultural relativism within the context of religion, the book also examines religious skepticism. Here is the book that converted C. S. Lewis from atheism to Christianity. This history of mankind, Christ. This history of mankind, Christ

The Everlasting Man is a Christian apologetics book written by G. K. Chesterton, published in 1925.

The Everlasting Man is a Christian apologetics book written by G. It is, to some extent, a deliberate rebuttal of H. G. Wells' The Outline of History, disputing Wells' portrayals of human life and civilisation as a seamless development from animal life and of Jesus Christ as merely another charismatic figure.

The Everlasting Man. by. . This 1925 book, the latest in a line of many previous portraits of great artists and famous historical figures, is his idiosyncratic look at the history of humanity and Jesus of Nazareth. It's also his response to . Wells' Outline of History.

In The Everlasting Man the famed . Chesterton once more defends Christian values and the religion itself from attack

In The Everlasting Man the famed . Chesterton once more defends Christian values and the religion itself from attack. A man of immense talents perhaps better known as the author of the Father Brown Stores as well as very many novels and poems Chesterton was also a great intellectual and man of faith who here marries both together in a very powerful work. One fee. Stacks of books.

The Everlasting Man book. Well, I only can agree to the uttermost with Lewis. What, if anything, is it that makes the human uniquely human?. 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!! I mean it was C. Lewis who said: "for me a book is of no use if I don't read it at least two or three times".

The Everlasting Man' is one of G. Chesterton's most respected works, a witty, imaginative and sincere attempt to justify the life of Jesus as a pivotal moment in the history of human spirituality. Dividing the book into two parts, Chesterton looks first at early 'cave men' and the ensuing development of pagan civilization, claiming that such societies effectively separated myth and philosophy. By contrast, in the second part of the book he demonstrates that, following the Crucifixion, these tendencies were successfully combined in the Christian religion.

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This is a book that everyone ought to read two or three times at least. It is a crime that such nonsense as Conversations With God, or better but still relatively shallow introductions to comparative religion like Religions of Man, seem to be better known. Here you will find a description of Christianity and its relation to other faiths strong and fine as aged wine. I don't know of anyone who writes with this much class in the modern world. Having ordered the book for our college library, I tried not to mark it too much, but found myself putting ink dots on paragraph after paragraph of material I wanted to quote. He rambles a bit, but I think there is more wisdom, humor, and insight in a single page of this book than in whole volumes that are better known in our days. Imagine if, after reading David Barry and laughing your head off, you wanted to go out and kiss a blade of grass or be amazed by the water running in the river instead of (say) looking up at the sky to make sure there aren't any mackerel about to fall on you. G.K.Chesterton makes his readers laugh themselves sane. And sanity is a rare and wonderful thing in the modern world.
Chesterton's archeology and contemporary references are a bit dated, of course. But even there, what goes around often comes around. Chesterton leads off with a story about Grant Allen, author of a piece of heresy of that time called "Evolution of the Idea of God." More recently Karen Armstrong wrote a book with an almost identical title and thesis, "History of God," and was greeted in the press as a bold thinker. Chesterton kindly and elegantly refuted her error, and those of many other modern skeptics, decades before they were born. Admirers of Bishop Spong in particular should read this book. Chesterton was not a scholar of comparative religions, of course, and he may have oversimplified a few things, but I think got the big things in true proportion better than anyone.
The plan of the book is simple. In the first half, Chesterton describes man, particularly in his religious aspect. In particular, he explains four universal elements of human religion: mythology, philosophy, demonism, and an awareness of God that one finds in almost every culture around the world. The tendency in the modern world is to ignore the last two elements when they occur outside of Western culture. But I have found in my own studies of Asian cultures and religions that Chesterton's description of human religion fit the facts extremely well.
The second half of the book is about Jesus and the movement he founded. I like what he says about Jesus best, and wish he had spent more time on that and proportionally less on European culture. A few of his racial or cultural assumptions do not come across well in our age. It is worth remembering how the face of Christianity has changed over the hundred years since this book was published. Then Christianity was almost exclusively a Western religion, while now two thirds of the believers in the world live in Africa, Latin American and Asia.
If you are interested in a more detailed discussion of some of the points Chesterton brings up, I suggest Don Richardson's Eternity in Their Hearts, another of the most overlooked works of the 20th Century. I have also just written a book called Jesus and the Religions of Man, that covers in more detail (but undoubtedly with less style) much of the same territory.
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I have read that this book was a major influence in returning C. S. Lewis from atheism to Christianity. Both Lewis and Chesterton have intellects far superior to my own and this book is no walk in the park to read. I read each page twice before going on to the next. The journey may have been slightly arduous, but it was worth it. It is not big words, needless complexity, or British style and spelling that slowed my comprehension, but big ideas, big concepts that are often difficult to get our heads around and come to a rational justification for our belief systems.

Chesterton addresses this problem with statements such as this. “Christianity does appeal to a solid truth outside itself; to something which is in that sense external as well as that things are really things—in this Christianity is at one with common sense; but all religious history shows that this common sense perishes except where there is Christianity to preserve it.”

I was also drawn to his words about writing fiction and non-fiction. He says that until historians can explain not only what happened, but what it felt like, there will be more reality in novels than history books. And this, “The life of man is a story; an adventure story; and in our vision the same is true of the story of God.”

To nonbelievers, Chesterton has this to say about Christianity, “. . . it would seem that sooner or later even its enemies would learn from their incessant and interminable disappointments not to look for anything so simple as its death. They may continue to war with it, but it will be as they war with nature; as they war with the landscape; as they war with the skies.” He quotes Christ’s words from Matthew: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Chesterton continues, “They will watch for it to stumble; they will watch for it to err; but no longer will they watch for it to end.”
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 more clearly about how we came to be the people we are. For C.S. Lewis it was a first step away from Atheism and toward Christianity. If nothing else, it will poke your assumptions, no matter what they are.

I have read and reread this book over many years and there is something fresh, amazing and powerful I discover in it every time. This purchase was a gift to a friend of almost scary intelligence. He sent me a couple of emails early. The first was something he got a laugh out of, the second was how he realized he needed to slow down and dig in more. He hasn't been heard from since. (kidding) It has amazing layers upon layers and satisfies on many levels. Spoiler alert: you will never think the same way about cavemen again.

Chesterton is almost certainly the most prolific author of the 20th century and one of its greatest thinkers. If you have the sand to give it a try I recommend starting with the Audible/Kindle version, which is well narrated.