Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God (The Making of the Christian Imagination)
The literary giant G. K. Chesterton is often praised as the "Great Optimist"--God's rotund jester. In this fresh and daring endeavor, Ralph Wood turns a critical eye on Chesterton's corpus to reveal the beef-and-ale believer's darker vision of the world and those who live in it. During an age when the words grace, love, and gospel, sound more hackneyed than genuine, Wood a...more
155-58: Chesterton's movement away from triumphalism (see p. 161) and nationalism
155, 159-61: civilization brings both creation and destruction
162: truthful legend [cf. Plato's Myth of Er?]
163-67: Nietzschean ressentiment and Christian joy
168-70: Christians guard pagan things
—Dale Ahlquist, President, American Chesterton Society
"Wood has triumphed once again. He shows how great Christian art is often paradoxically dark when conveying the light and he is a superb guide through the gloomy and yet glimmering wonderland of Chesterton's work."
—Joseph Pearce, Associate Professor of Literature, Ave Maria Univ ...more
I've listened to more of Chesterton than I've read. He is larger than life and, to borrow his own phrase, like a great rising wave looming above his readers ready to crash upon them. He's also really funny, and one of the best antidotes to modern sensibilities around.
Wood's reading of Chesterton was very helpful. I appreciated how he structured the b ...more