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Few people had a more profound effect on Christianity in the 20th century than G. K. Chesterton. The Everlasting Man, written in response to an anti-Christian history of humans penned by H.G. Wells, is considered Chesterton’s masterpiece. In it, he explains Christ’s place in history, asserting that the Christian myth carries more weight than other mythologies for one simple reason—it is the truth.

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  • Candace
  • Amarillo, TX, United States
  • 06-23-13

Incredible.

I have to say, as someone who lives for fiction novels, this book by G.K. Chesterton was water to my philosophical soul. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a non-fiction book so much. Chesterton has such a brilliant mind, I had to sometimes rewind certain parts just to listen again. Honestly, he should be required reading for any philosophy student, or any Christian for that matter. It's such a difficult book to explain, but I loved it. I have purchased but have yet to listen to Orthodoxy and Heretics, though I've been told this one, The Everlasting Man, is his best. I have a book of his complete essays as well, which are absolutely hilarious, as well as poignant. I hope that those will be narrated soon as well.

I highly recommend this book to any Christian, and any open-minded non-christian who likes things plainly spoken in a brilliant use of language. Better than C.S. Lewis in my opinion.

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well narrated audio of a masterpiece.

As I am aware,there are 3 choices of narration for this great book.1-Dale Alquest at the chesterton society,2-the other narrator here at audible and 3-this new one with john robbins.Dale Alquests reading is very good but a british accent realy is a plus for a british chesterton.The other audible narator is WAY to fast.So this one realy is the best.The sample clip may seem like he has a lisp,which he does a little but he reads very well and at a slow and proper pace with great expression.{note the diference of book time between the two}.Overall ,this is a masterpiece.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Amazingly fresh thinking, in a very old book

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

I have not read the printed version, but I did enjoy very much the 'feel' added by the reader. His voice had a rustic feel that added to the ambiance of the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

C.S. Lewis used the right phrase, in that the book 'baptises' your intellect. The book has an amazing effect of drawing you out into a different way of thinking, that frankly I found refreshing or more real.

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If you enjoy Lewis, you will probably enjoy this book. If you enjoy philosophically thinking about man's view of history, you will probably enjoy the book. I love both, and I enjoyed it a lot.

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Great Book, incredibly knowledgable author

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Highly recommended. A joy to listen to his analysis of evolution and philosophy on life.

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Chesterton the Prophet!

This magnificent book could have been written yesterday and been as poignant as it was nearly a century ago. Chesterton picks apart the "straw man" arguments against Christianity of the secularist movement with wit and wisdom unrivalled by just about anyone except maybe C.S. Lewis - who incidentally, credits this very book as pivotal in his conversion from secular atheism to Christian! It's as enjoyable to listen to as it is to read in my opinion.

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The folly of our world

This book is very pertinent to our current state in the world were very dismal world views are asserting themselves by appealing to a stale secularism, shrouded in scientism, that means to separate men from his God given reason and freedom to explore reality. The clamor for submission to the new ideas proposed by this secular society are deafening, and conformity is demanded of all; just abandon your freedom to think by yourself, and follow the pied piper of folly.
The narrator of this book is excellent, and makes it a pure joy to listen intently as it reveals the beautiful intellect of Chesterton.

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Fantastic

This is a must read for all who believe in God or what to think about Him. His logic and timeless clarity bring fresh air to a world full of unclear thinking.

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required reading

this should be read or listened to by any person who is a member of civilization, there is much you take for granted, that might be otherwise. Anthropology anticipated much of the sentiment found here in 20 years after Chesterton wrote it, then promptly forgot. It is a vital and possibly surprising read for the student/professional anthropologist.

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Thesis of old/new caveman was very enriching

Chesterton's style takes a little getting used to. But he is very lucid in his thought and yet often comedic. I burst out laughing at a few places. Books like these condition our subconscious mind. This is why they are so important to people of "common sense". I can see why Chesterton was called the apostle of common sense. The old/new caveman analysis was very refreshing. Read this book, then re-read it. I plan to

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Great Read on Christian Thought

Christian apologists come and go with their books of the month, but few 20th Century writers could get to the heart of Christian thinking like G. K. Chesterton. His solid understanding of the world and how it should work provide channels of rationality that have been seeming lost by so much modern rhetoric. In fact, he simply pulls back the curtain on what so many think of as logical facts to reveal that they are, in truth, just crafted suppositions. A book on how to think rightly that ends up pointing to the divinity of Christ might not seem like the next book to put on your shelf, but if you’re a thinker – regardless of viewpoint – it will help you do that better.

In Protestant circles (and without), C.S. Lewis rightfully gets tons of praise as the preeminent apologist for rational Christian thought. However, Chesterton with an equally broad body of work has written some of the most accessible books on the depth of the Christian thought life. His treatise Orthodoxy reveals that truth is always simple and complicated and should not be disentangled. The Everlasting Man at its core is a blueprint for why so much highly touted science is in fact unsupportable by facts. Objective criticism is always needed to make a logical progression, but more and more, thinkers are turning to the subjective whims of thought to provide insight. Chesterton methodically presents why present day thinkers need to return to a true logic to understand our world.

Starting with the caveman, Chesterton reveals how more and more stories are told about the “prehistoric” man – as if the scientists don’t realize that prehistory means that we don’t know the stories. Supposition and conjecture to develop theory is always important in scientific endeavor, but there’s a point where many believe a whole stack of theories equate to reality. Many might believe that Earth resides in the arm of the Milky Way more than they would believe that there’s beautiful gardens in the city. But one you could go and prove, and the other will remain a supposition – even if it is true. While in no way reading like a textbook – it is always engaging – little by little the reader starts to see that there’s purpose behind science. This purpose is not always to reveal truth. You can help make it be though.

I will add that Chesterton does point truth seekers to the fount of Truth. He tries as best he can to show how the divinity of Christ is the logical way to understand the progress of the world. It’s not done in a Josh McDowell-like stacking of facts. He does it by asking you to think objectively and refrain from self-made rhetoric. Whether he ultimately succeeds is your call, but I felt like it was worth reading about.

Audible listeners: John Franklyn-Robbins did great as a thoughtful old British guy. Thought I was listening to Chesterton himself. :)

7 stars out of 10

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  • Tim Hutchinson
  • 02-19-17

Sheer brilliance

I've always enjoyed Chesterton's poetic genius and his bird's eye view perspective on just about everything he puts his mind to. The Everlasting Man is certainly one of his masterpieces. Not only that, it is incredibly relevant for the current modern way the world is going.

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