The End of Many Books

The Everlasting Man

by G. K. Chesterton

It seems like there are more and more resources coming out that show how where we are today is completely unexplainable apart from the incarnation of God’s Son followed by His death, resurrection, and commission of disciples. Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World (written by a professing non-Christian), The Air We Breathe: How We All Came to Believe in Freedom, Kindness, Progress, and Equality, The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, and How to Be an Atheist: Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough. The Everlasting Man may be one of the first to pay tribute to the beauty of the true myth and the boring, repetitive strains of so many mystics and moderns. If we were just given eyes to see the glory of the miraculous, including that for all His miraculous powers Jesus didn’t use His miracle-working powers like the “gods” of men, then we might have more wonder toward and grasp of truth about reality.

Chesterton is sometimes a little too clever with his topsyturvy turns of compound sentences, and he wanders around a lot, though not in circles, and not because he’s lost. I think he’d be fine with that observation; part of his observation is that History is less linear and more of a networked-web. I’m glad I read this, and can see myself referencing it again and again due to his unrelenting joy in how Christ has made and changed the world everlastingly.

Here’s a thread of other things I took away from this book.

4 of 5 stars