About the Author
Gilbert Keith “G.K.” Chesterton (1874-1936) was truly larger than life in every sense of the word. In fact, he was 6’4” and weighted nearly 300 pounds!
However, Chesterton’s figure and lively personality were not the only things that secured him a place in the hearts and minds of people across the globe.
He wrote a massive amount of brilliant writings in his lifetime, which are what he is most known for today.
While he wrote every genre imaginable, his essays and criticisms on contemporary culture stand out as some of his finest works.
He also created Father Brown, a much admired priest turned sleuth who was the protagonist of numerous detective novels.
Chesterton always considered his Christianity an “orthodox” one.
While he transitioned in his life from Anglicanism to Catholicism, his theology is quite varied and interesting, and is still read today.
Orthodoxy (1909) and The Everlasting Man (1925) are some of his most read theological works.
Ultimately, Chesterton was a master wordsmith and debater. Known as the “prince of paradox” his wit, observant disposition, and fearless persona have earned him a place among the pantheon of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.
About the Work
Chesterton’s landmark novel chronicled ideological debates between various protagonists throughout its story. The title derives from a debate in the book in which one the characters sees a cross sitting atop a ball at the top of a cathedral. The ball represents rationalism and the cross Christianity. Chesterton notes that rationalism cannot be placed above Christianity for just like a ball atop a cross it will fall off because God balances the world, not man.
I. A DISCUSSION SOMEWHAT IN THE AIR
II. THE RELIGION OF THE STIPENDIARY MAGISTRATE
III. SOME OLD CURIOSITIES
IV. A DISCUSSION AT DAWN
V. THE PEACEMAKER
VI. THE OTHER PHILOSOPHER
VII. THE VILLAGE OF GRASSLEY-IN-THE-HOLE
VIII. AN INTERLUDE OF ARGUMENT
IX. THE STRANGE LADY
X. THE SWORDS REJOINED
XI. A SCANDAL IN THE VILLAGE
XII. THE DESERT ISLAND
XIII. THE GARDEN OF PEACE
XIV. A MUSEUM OF SOULS
XV. THE DREAM OF MACIAN
XVI. THE DREAM OF TURNBULL
XVII. THE IDIOT
XVIII. A RIDDLE OF FACES
XIX. THE LAST PARLEY
XX. DIES IRAE