G K Chesterton
Happy birthday, G.K. Chesterton!
Born May 29, 1874, Chesterton was known mostly for his apologetics of the Christian faith. In particular, he is most famous for his work, Orthodoxy, in which he attempts to “answer” the riddle of human need by explaining his somewhat original view of Christianity. In the end, he confesses that he is simply espousing the truths captured in the Apostles’ Creed.
Chesterton was about much more than apologetics, however. He was also an historian, playwright, and novelist. The Man Who Was Thursday, a novel referred to by some as a metaphysical thriller, is “a gripping adventure story of murderous criminals and brilliant policemen.” His Father Brown series, a collection of short stories centered upon a rather clumsy (and dumpy) clerical detective whose shrewd understanding of human behavior enabled him to help police solve crimes, actually spawned both radio and TV series.
Chesterton was a prolific writer (80 books, several hundred poems, 200 short stories, 4000 essays, and a few plays), and his works have had a profound influence on more than a few 20th c. writers, leaders, and other world-changers including C.S. Lewis, Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Collins, Jorge Luis Borges, Neil Gaiman, and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen—just to name a few.
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