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The Everlasting Man | [G. K. Chesterton]

The Everlasting Man

Considered by many to be Chesterton’s masterpiece, this book declares his comprehensive view of world history as informed by the Incarnation. Retelling man’s story from the very beginning, he shows how all of men’s desires are fulfilled in the person of Christ and Christ’s Church. With his characteristic brilliance and irony, he argues that Christianity is not just a religion to stand beside other religions, for the fact of the Incarnation sets it quite apart.
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Considered by many to be Chesterton’s masterpiece, this book declares his comprehensive view of world history as informed by the Incarnation. Retelling man’s story from the very beginning, he shows how all of men’s desires are fulfilled in the person of Christ and Christ’s Church. With his characteristic brilliance and irony, he argues that Christianity is not just a religion to stand beside other religions, for the fact of the Incarnation sets it quite apart.

One of the most original and controversial theological works ever written, this book offers a commanding perspective of world history and offers to restore our sense of wonder in the universe, our God, and ourselves.

Public Domain ©2008 G.K. Chesterton (P)1990 Christians Listening

What the Critics Say

“I read Chesterton's Everlasting Man and for the first time saw the whole Christian outline of history set out in a form that seemed to me to make sense.” (C. S. Lewis)

“Here, as so often in Chesterton, we sense a lived, awakened faith. All that he writes derives from a keen intellect guided by the heart’s own knowledge.” (Amazon.com, Editorial Review)

“Probably the best Chesterton has written. It is so rich in good sense, wit, and in plain, profound and cheerful truth that almost every page deserves a review to itself.”—Spectator

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    H. Rapson Columbia, SC USA 08-16-12
    H. Rapson Columbia, SC USA 08-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Magistra Spera

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Everlasting Man to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The "voice" and comprehensive of G. K. Chesterton's thoughts.


    What does Thomas Whitworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Thomas Whitworth's delivery inflects the reason and the faith of Chesterton. His expressive retelling of Chesterton's illustrative material was quite entertaining.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Chesterton was a gifted intellect versed in history, logic, and multiple worldviews. He writes deeply and poetically and should be read incrementally to be thoroughly understood and appreciated.


    Any additional comments?

    All universalists need to listen to Chesterton's reasons for the uniqueness and unshaken faith of Christendom in apposition to other religious and philosophic world views.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 10-15-11
    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 10-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Narration far to fast."

    This is such a good book that even bad narration cant kill it,however,there are other options available.Dale alquest at the american chesterton society has a CD of this book that is very well read.Yet there is even a better one here at audible.JOHN ROBBINS reading is "just a right fit".{if you know what I mean}.I strongly recommend that version over this one.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Robert D. Johnson 09-16-13

    Follower of Christ, husband of one, father to four, student of philosophy, fan of Kentucky Wildcat basketball... that's all you need to know.

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    "Not quite "unabridged""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didn't complete this title. As I was reading along with the text on Kindle, I noticed twice in the first chapter very long passages that the audio skipped. I will try another version, and with this, offer no review on the content. Just do not buy this version if you want it unabridged.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Taylors, SC, United States 12-29-12
    Robert Taylors, SC, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you listen to The Everlasting Man again? Why?

    This is one of those books you really need to read to gain all that is written. I would consider this a slightly deep thought provoking book, well worth reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Very thought provoking and a thinking person, with wisdom, will understand all the implications of this writing. Worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Midlothian, VA, United States 07-23-13
    James Midlothian, VA, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting look at Christianity in history"

    Chesterton was clearly brilliant, but some of his ideas are dated. The most valuable part of this book is not necessarily what he argues, so much as how he argues. Chesterton is a contrarian on a few major views, and I think he supports his arguments in a clear and reasoned manner.He is witty and has a great sense of sarcasm. The book can seem a bit dry, but if you are looking for a history/theology book, then I guess you don't mind dry ( I don't). He reminds me of C.S. Lewis, except that Lewis' arguments tend to be more universally applicable, whereas Chesterton addresses some very specific topics.

    The reader is excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Curry 01-24-13
    Andy Curry 01-24-13
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    "Interesting, but difficult to follow."
    What did you like best about The Everlasting Man? What did you like least?

    The topic was deep, but many of the analogies were hard to follow.


    What didn’t you like about Thomas Whitworth’s performance?

    He spoke way too fast, it seemed unnatural.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Challis, ID, United States 03-05-14
    Gary Challis, ID, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't waste your time"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone insane enough to believe in this drivel.


    What was most disappointing about G. K. Chesterton’s story?

    Everything


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Thomas Whitworth?

    Noone


    What character would you cut from The Everlasting Man?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    Most worthless waste of time I have ever had.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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