In part 1, "On the Creature Called Man," Chesterton addresses the belief, common in both his day and ours, that man is solely a physical being, an animal, and nothing more. He points out that people make unproven, and unlikely assumptions about the first human beings. Was the "caveman" really any less of a man, merely because he lived in a cave? Can we really assume that our modern day artists live on a higher plane of civilization, simply because they work with advanced oil paintings and acrylics? Which takes more creativity: to paint a world class piece of art in the 21st century, or to be the first person in the world to realize that you can work wonders with paint, and invent art?
In part 2, "On the Man Called Christ," Chesterton yet again begins his argument, like Plato, in a cave, the cave of Bethlehem. He does much of this, surprisingly, by focusing on paganism, and explaining how every drop of good that can be found in paganism can also be found in Christianity. Chesterton was a Catholic, and some of his arguments in this section reference Catholicism, but the crux of his argument here is not based in Rome. He explains that Christianity is truly unique amongst religions. Only the worst type of insane man claims that he is divine, a man who denies all logic and reason. Muhammed, Buddha, Zoroaster, and Confucius never dared to make the claim. A man who claims to be divine, if his claim his false, is the most obvious of hoaxes. Jesus had a unique claim, the world's only claim to divinity that was worth taking seriously.
Funny, isn't it? It seems like every day, you hear someone accusing Christians of being boring, or not caring about our world, because they're focused on the next. Then, you see an editorial, accusing us of being intolerant fanatics.
"If Christianity was a joke, it would have stopped being funny long ago."
The book is full of little fun-size bits of food for thought like this one.
-His only formal training was not in writing, but as an artist.
-He could write about almost anything. He even had one essay called "Sonnet to a Stilton Cheese."
-Chesterton was a key influence in the conversion of CS Lewis.
Genre: , Christianity, Classics, Theology.
Rating(1-5): 4 stars
Content (1-10): 10
Age Level: All ages (this is an apologetic work, so you can feel good about handing it to anyone.)
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