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Cravings for Chesterton

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   G.K. Chesterton     

Cravings for Chesterton introduces the listener to the prophetic wisdom and delightful wit of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, an English journalist of the early 20th Century.

His ardent love and defense of the Truth resonates even more poignantly with today's issues.

His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy, and detective fiction.

Chesterton has been called the 'prince of paradox'. His off-hand, whimsical prose was studded with startling formulations. Chesterton wrote about 4000 essays on various subjects.

Many of the voluminous body of his writings are available as Librivox readings.

We will be presenting a wide range of his works: his essays, short excerpts and chapters from his numerous books, plays, and poems.

Each day's readings of a specific work will be continue until the chapter or work is completed. In this way, you may follow works of fiction or essays throughout the week.

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The Superstition of Divorce

This short book was written in 1920, and in it Chesterton, with his usual wit and incisive logic, presents a series of articles defending marriage and indicating the weaknesses in divorce. He did this 16 year before the first Christian denomination in the world allowed its members to divorce. Till then Christendom was unanimous in standing against it. Chesterton saw clearly the trends of this time, and delivered this defense. (Summary by Ray Clare)

Eugenics and Other Evils

"Most Eugenists are Euphemists. I mean merely that short words startle them, while long words soothe them. And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same thing. Say to them 'The persuasive and even coercive powers of the citizen should enable him to make sure that the burden of longevity in the previous generation does not become disproportionate and intolerable, especially to the females'; say this to them and they will sway slightly to and fro like babies sent to sleep in cradles. Say to them 'Murder your mother', and they sit up quite suddenly. Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same."

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