“In 1920, H.G. Wells wrote a two-volume work which became a best-seller, The Outline of History. . . Why not engage the same subject matter Wells had taken up, but from a perspective fully appreciative of the unique place Christianity held in human history? The result is The Everlasting Man." ~ From Kevin Belmonte’s Introduction
In The Everlasting Man, a humorous defense of Christianity which inspired C.S. Lewis, Chesterton shows that once man is reduced to animal, history becomes utterly meaningless.
What truly gives man his dignity is the fact that he is so different from the beasts. What makes Christianity so different is that it tells of the story of the true man, the final man, the everlasting man, who came down in history and transformed it.
“This sketch of the human story began in a cave; the cave which popular science associates with the cave-man and in which practical discovery has really found archaic drawings of animals.
The second half of human history, which was like a new creation of the world, also begins in a cave . . . It was here that a homeless couple had crept underground with the cattle when the doors of the crowded caravanserai had been shut in their faces.
And it was here beneath the very feet of the passers-by, in a cellar under the very floor of the world, that Jesus Christ was born.” ~ From The Everlasting Man
THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE SERIES: The authors in the Christian Heritage Series paid a high price for the words you see before you. Not all paid with blood, but each spent his life fighting for the truth. This faithful sacrifice has become a rich inheritance for the Church in our day, even though it is often neglected. The Christian Heritage Series aims to put these important theological classics on every Christian’s bookshelf in colorful, well-crafted, and affordable volumes, with introductions written by those that love the books and their heritage.
AUTHOR: G.K. Chesterton
INTRODUCTION: Kevin Belmonte
PAGE COUNT: 316 pages
PUB. DATE: Jan 5, 2021 (first published in 1925)
Apart from the beautiful aesthetics of this series, I greatly enjoyed this print of The Everlasting Man. As wit and winsome as ever., Chesterton gently demolishes “comparative religions” and invites his readers to step into the wonderful, wide world called “Christianity.”
This is my first Chesterton read and I have to admit it's a little difficult. I have not finished the book as we are in the midst of a relocation, but I'm confident it will be worth the effort.
Haven’t received it yet. If I had I would not have had time to read it
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