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The Everlasting Man is a strange kind of Christian apologetics, which relates the story of man from the beginning of time Chesterton gives a delightful thrashing to the anthropologists who draw amazing conclusions from minimal evidence emphasizes that whether or not evolution is true, it offers absolutely no reasonable explanation for the vast divide between man and the animals pokes some fun at the silliness of comparative religion and teases the historical critics who draw insupportable claims about the origins of orthodox Christianity I was actually engaged at the beginning of the book than I was as it wore on he seems to apply most of his wit and humor towards the beginning At times Chesterton is too clever, to self satisfied, too caught up in the beauty of his own language, but there is no denying his wit and his insight, and his zingers do zing This is entertaining, intellectual apologetics of a kind rarely found indeed, not found anywhere else that I can think of Unfortunately, I borrowed it form the library, and so I could not highlight my favorite lines Perhaps it is just as well, or three fourths of the book might have been underlined by the end But from it I take away these points that the cave man was likely human than the anthropologists make him out to be that the academics of comparative religion confuse mythology with actual religious systems and that Christianity was the first thing to combine, utterly, both philosophy and religion The apologetics are somewhat random and lack a clear organization he seems to say what he thinks when he thinks of it, almost in a train of thought fashion, although there are loose thematic divisions for the chapters I think Chesterton seems to occasionally fall into the same trap he has criticized others for attributing psychological motives to people whose motives he could not know All and all though, an excellent book. What can I possibly write say about The Everlasting Man that hasn t already been written said ever so much better He is Our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ of course and this book about Him is supposedly the best writing by G.K Chesterton The latter point might be debatable, the first certainly isn t There is one comment Perhaps it has been made by others, I do not know But I loved GK s points about the Caveman and his drawings Art is a refinement unique to Man and thanks to the explanation here, I will not be able to listen to, read or accept, wild caveman theories again The Everlasting Man is an amazing book Why has it been so long since I read it I always ask say that when I read or listen to something by Chesterton why don t I read him often The same with Lewis They are like mental realignments This is how I need to think or I would like to anyway Read this Read it often booklady January 2, 2018 Actually listened to the first CD before Christmas but wanted needed to restart due to time lapse This is Chesterton after all I know I read this some time in the distant past, but cannot remember when or find where I recorded the date, so will just approach as if this is my first read Some sounds familiar most does not. #DOWNLOAD EPUB × The Everlasting Man ⚡ What, If Anything, Is It That Makes The Human Uniquely Human This, In Part, Is The Question That GK Chesterton Starts With In This Classic Exploration Of Human History Responding To The Evolutionary Materialism Of His Contemporary And Antagonist HG Wells, Chesterton In This Work Affirms Human Uniqueness And The Unique Message Of The Christian Faith Writing In A Time When Social Darwinism Was Rampant, Chesterton Instead Argued That The Idea That Society Has Been Steadily Progressing From A State Of Primitivism And Barbarity Towards Civilization Is Simply And Flatly Inaccurate Barbarism And Civilization Were Not Successive Stages In The Progress Of The World, He Affirms, With Arguments Drawn From The Histories Of Both Egypt And Babylon As Always With Chesterton, There Is In This Analysis Something As He Said Of Blake Very Plain And Emphatic He Sees In Christianity A Rare Blending Of Philosophy And Mythology, Or Reason And Story, Which Satisfies Both The Mind And The Heart On Both Levels It Rings True As He Puts It, In Answer To The Historical Query Of Why It Was Accepted, And Is Accepted, I Answer For Millions Of Others In My Reply Because It Fits The Lock Because It Is Like Life 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 The best book I have ever read.A wonderful chronicle of how the entirety of history reaches its pinnacle in Jesus From the start, Chesterton takes the poetic road he swipes at the theory of evolution by asserting the necessity of art, the desire to create, and the noticing of beauty in unattractive things.Sweeping into the mythologies, he shows how civilizations actually decline into polytheism from monotheism, rather than the generally accepted opposite He then shows how the Roman empire was prepared for the Gospel, and how humankind has never seen an event or movement so breathtaking and changing as the Cross.By and far one of the finest pieces of Christian literature ever written.Memorable quotations Pessimism is not in being tired of evil but in being tired of good Despair does not lie in being weary of suffering, but in being weary of joy Now each of these explanations in itself seems to be singularly inadequate but taken together they do suggest something of the very mystery which they miss There must surely have been something not only mysterious but many sided about Christ if so many smaller Christs can be carved out of him If the Christian Scientist is satisfied with him as a spiritual healer and the Christian Socialist is satisfied with him as a social reformer, so satisfied that they do not even expect him to be anything else, it looks as if he really covered rather ground than they could be expected to expect And it does seem to suggest that there might be than they fancy in these other mysterious attributes of casting out devils or prophesying doom There are two ways of getting home and one of them is to stay there. How to explain what it is like reading G K Chesterton It is having your mind blown and your imagination blessed at the same time It is sentences that need to be re read because they are both profound and painful It is feeling like you are being put through a ringer but you ll be better for it at the end Clever, challenging, encouraging, even inspiring That is what it is to read Chesterton It took me a summer to get through this one but I highly value the chance I got to really dig deep I ll be coming back, that is for sure A brilliant study of comparative religion from earliest known human history to recent times Chesterton looks at the essence of each religion and what makes them different to Christianity, so that you gradually realise that there is very little in which they can be compared, much less considered similar There is no political correctness is what he says, if there were, the differences would have been neutralised until everything tasted or less the same.However, Chesterton may be best read in print and not listened to on audio Audible s only version was appalling it was read too fast and with a monotonous intonation that did little for the meaning of the words The audio seemed to exaggerate and make inaccessible Chesterton s repetitive in reverse style, for example Pessimism is not in being tired of evil but in being tired of good Despair does not lie in being weary of suffering, but in being weary of joy This type of explanation needs to be pondered rather than raced over, which made the audio impenetrable and hard to follow.Even though I probably didn t catch it all, what I caught planted something profound in my soul Reviewed for www.GoodReadingGuide.com The Spiritual History of Humanity9 June 2016 It was quite ironic that as I was reading this book I noticed that a friend of mine was regularly updating his Facebook status with quotes from G.K Chesterton Mind you, they weren t any old quotes, they were no doubt quotes that particularly struck him It is a real shame that he isn t on Goodreads or has made any mention on Facebook what book he is reading because no doubt he is reading some Chesterton at this time, I just am not really sure which one it its though it is no doubt one of his Christian books, and one of the popular ones at that Okay, I could have asked him, but my only real interactions with Facebook tend to involve sharing photos of cats and posting blogs and other things and the occasional remark regarding some place I am visiting Anyway, here are a couple of the quotes that he has posted A man cannot think himself out of mental evil for it is actually the organ of thought that has become diseased, ungovernable, and, as it were, independent He can only be saved by will or faith.The madman is not the man who has lost his reason The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason Come to think of it, he might just be reading The Everlasting Man as we speak, especially since this is one of those books that is so deep, and so thought provoking, that one simply cannot read it once and get anywhere near enough out of it that one could get out of it It reminded me of some of C.S Lewis s works, which can also be incredibly deep, that I had to read twice, or even three times, to really appreciate what he was saying Anyway, as I have mentioned in the title of this review, this is a book about the spiritual history of humanity It is Christian without a doubt, which means that he concludes the book with the argument as to why Christianity is the best religion, and why Christ is the only person worth following The thing is that I have read many books that have a similar purpose, and other than the afore mentioned C.S Lewis, these books simply do not seem to have the same punch that Chesterton s carries I have read many Christain books in my life, and there are very few that I would recommend, let along give away as presents and not feel that I am ramming Christianity down people s throats, yet both Lewis and Chesterton do not make me feel that way I thought about this as I was reading the Everlasting Man and as I was composing this review , and I believe there are two reasons The first is that they write really, really well Many, if not all, of the Christian books that I have read these days tend to be very dry and academic with the exception of Philip Yancey Sure, many of us read non fiction, me being one of them, yet Chesterton s writing is almost, if not, poetic He has this gift of being able to write something in that way that is beautiful, yet incredibly confronting I feel that many of the Christian authors out there could learn a thing or two from Chesterton, and in fact they probably should consider having some form of writing classes in today s Bible Colleges That is the other thing neither Chesterton nor Lewis were theologically trained C.S Lewis was a professor of English Literature and G.K Chesterton was a journalist They aren t writing as theologians, they are writing as lay people, and in a way lay people can actually have a much better understanding of Christianity than a pastor who has spent years at Seminary and has a string of letters after his name In fact I did a couple of subjects at a local Bible College and I have to admit that I hated it What Bible College was doing was that it was turning my faith from a thing of the heart into a thing of the head, and once one s faith becomes purely academic, one is actually in danger of losing one s faith Anyway, there are a few things that struck me in this book, and I wish to talk about some of them,Cavemen The thing with Chesterton is that he can be incredibly funny, and his opening chapters on the cavemen were just that While he does not seek to critise the art of science, he understands that it is just that art The problem with prehistory is that we do not have any written records of what happened back then All we have are some paintings on the wall of a cave and some speculation In fact it was the paintings on the cave wall that he was poking fun at, namely because the scientists at the time had come up with this idea and were sticking with it, when it fact there could be a number of things behind it, such as it being a nursery since the walls of nurseries can be covered with pictures of animals , or were simply something that the cavemen or their kids scribbled because they were bored The other thing he wrote about was this absurd idea that cavemen breed by whacking a woman on the back of her head with a club and then dragging her back to his cave I m sure we have all seen something like this The problem Chesterton sees is that first of all this is pure mythology There is actually no evidence that cavemen ever did that In my mind this poses a further problem, and a problem that we still, unfortunately, face today it objectifies women By creating this myth it creates this idea that women are little than objects that men can take for themselves, forcefully This suggests that cavemen were little than animals, and Chesterton doesn t believe that they were the cave paintings go a long way to prove that The problem is that there are many, in fact way too many, men who seem to think that this is acceptable behaviour The furore over the events at Stanford College demonstrate that such attitudes are still alive and well today, even in a supposedly civilised society such as ours The problem is that such images only serve to reinforce this attitude We are not animals, we are civilised human beings, and we need to start treating everybody, regardless of gender, race, or class, as civilised human beings.Merchantalism Chesterton then progresses through the ages to the conflict between Carthage and Rome This appears in a chapter entitled Gods and Demons The interesting thing is that he paints Rome as being a civilisation lead by the gods of the sky, while Carthage was led by the demons of the Earth, in particular Moloch As an interesting side note he points out how we don t name our children after the heroes of Classical Athens, such as Agamemnon, Achilles, and such, however we use names from the defeated Trojans, such as Paris and Hecktor No doubt this probably has a lot to do with the Romans claiming descendancy from the Trojans, but as I suggested, this is a side note Oh, that s right Anyway, I get the impression that Chesterton isn t a big fan of merchantalism with the fact that he connects the Cartheginians to the Near Eastern god Moloch, and child sacrifice His point is that the Cartheginans were merchants and were ruled by merchant princes, and this was in fact their downfall No doubt this is a rather or not too subtle jab at the British Empire, famously called A Nation of Shopkeepers by Napoleon The thing is that he has a point Hannibal was on the verge of destroying Rome, however the merchant princes in Carthage saw that the defeat at Cannae was enough to undermine Rome and saw no need to continue spending money to finance Hannibal s war effort Since Hannibal was starved of resources, despite having control of the Italian Peninsula, it gave the Romans an opening to launch a counter attack, one that eventually destroyed Carthage We see this absurdity in out world today, with the farcical austerity measures imposed by almost every developed economy The belief is that to stimulate growth one must cut taxes to businesses, thus starving the government of revenue, and forcing them to cut funding to essential services Thus governments need money, so they sell of profitable assets to build and maintain infrastructure selling the house to remodel the kitchen , yet refuse to take on debt, while cutting interest rates to ridiculous levels to force the private sector to take on debt debt is bad for government, but good for the private sector The problem is that businesses don t always use tax cuts to expand the business, or to grow the economy in many cases they simply shove the savings into an investment fund for their retirement The funny this is that the champion of the neo liberals, Adam Smith, actually warned against the foly of allowing businessmen to dictate economic policy they would always do it for their own interests, and when self interested people are given charge of the economy, it always, inventively, suffers.The Persistence of Christianity It is very easy for a Christian to get caught up in the idea that it has lasted two thousand years without alteration, but we forget that this is also the case with other regions Buddhism clocks in at around 2500 years, and Judaism and Hinduism are looking at around 3500 years The argument then goes that it has lasted 2000 years in its purest form, but once again I would argue against that namely because there is a debate as to what the original Christianity actually was, and not everybody accepts that the Bible is as authentic as Christians claim it is The thing with Christianity, or at least what I believe Christianity to be, is that it always seems to revert back to a specific norm As the faith grew, splinter sects began to appear and to change the original message While I accept that not everybody is going to agree with me, my basic preposition is that it boils down to one commandment given by Christ love the Lord your God and love your neighbour as yourself The problem was that Christianity devolved into be good and you will go to heaven, be bad and you will go to hell with good and bad being defined by those in power However, at every turn a grass roots movement would arrive to shift this back to the centre We saw this happen with the invention of the printing press, and we are seeing it again with the rise of Social Media In both periods powerful interest groups had seized control of the faith to exert their own agenda We saw that with the medieval Catholic Church, and we are seeing it again with the hate fuelled extremist movement These days so called Christians are running around turning it into a form of libertarian, free market, small government ideology, and certain elements of society single mothers, the LGBT, foreigners, and many others are demonised and persecuted Yet while they are running around persecuting people they are screaming out that they are in fact the ones being persecuted Yet many Christians who have become sick and tired of this endless dogma are rushing to social media, which is giving them a voice to say hey, we aren t actually like that, we aren t a religion of hate, we are a religion of love Yet it is still early days elections aren t won or lost, yet, in the Twittersphere, but the time is coming. Chesterton is a genius Period This book, than most others that are on the subject of Christian apologetics, blew me away I can t really put into words anything than that Maybe until I read it again My mind was just stretched to its limits in the scope and density of his arguments Chesterton covers every argument for Christ Christianity and its need and place in history I recommend this book to any Christian and most especially to any Catholic to read in their lifetime At some point, take the challenge Read this then go on and read Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis who was very much influenced by G.K Chesterton The only question I asked my wife when I was finished was Where in the world are the people like Chesterton in today s Christian world Was Jesus the son of God I think one of the most fascinating attempts to answer that question was mounted in the early 20th century by the two famous friends and literary rivals HG Wells and GK Chesterton, respectively the agnostic extraordinaire and the Catholic par excellence For Wells, so emphatic was his need to debunk the notion of Christ s divinity that he took a break from his novels and switched to a series of writings on history, the most famous of which ws his Outline of History Chesterton responded to his friend s writings regularly, diplomatically, and I think brilliantly By 1925, both men were famous authors and their theological skirmishes in the pages of their respective books had sharpened into the form of their two respective masterpieces, Wells Outline, and Chesterton s The Everlasating Man If you ve ever had a panic attack combined with headache and chills while listening to a skeptic who says that all religions are equivalent forms of the same old junk competing for the attention of the brainless sheep, or if you ve ever been suddenly nauseated by your complete inability to respond when someone suggests that all world religions have a sliver of the truth in them, then you might consider reading this You should read all of Chesterton for that matter This book, along with his famous Orthodoxy, is a crystal clear glass of iced Evian in a world parched to the edge of death by cultural relativism Long before CS Lewis had even begun his career in Christianity, he read and admired The Everlasting Man, and he later stated that he found it the singlemost persuasive work of Christian apologetics he ever read. The Everlasting Man is not your typical Christian apologetics classic I say this because G.K Chesterton is not aiming to write a pure defence of the faith as it were, but to write a work that better explores the relationship of Christianity to history It has become something of a fashionable statement to ignore the relevance of Christianity as it pertains to history and so Chesterton sets out to first explore the concept of God and his role as than merely just another aspect of mythology and then to explore the relationship between God and man as seen in Christ.Chesterton makes strong arguments and bold arguments In doing so he highlights the importance of sticking to one s beliefs That is why I hold onto my beliefs whether they arefashionable or not If I allow my views to merely sway with the breeze of popularity, then what kind of truths do I really believe in In other words, Chesterton explains the necessity of holding fast to Orthodoxy for himself a view which others can take to heart Too often when situations arise in modern society the response of an individual is to change their world view to accommodate such a situation, when perhaps one should change the response and not the view Otherwise, all it says is I have no strong conviction Chesterton makes use of his skill with paradox with such statements as Nero could not hire a hundred Christians to be eaten by lions at a shilling an hour, for men will not be martyred for money There is a sense through Chesterton s writing that he aims to show how Christianity is not another mythology but something different in history There have been many creation stories, yet how many religions feature the Creator becoming one of his own Creations to save that Creation That, Chesterton notes, is an interesting kind of paradoxical situation in itself Perhaps my favourite quote from this work is found on page four When the world goes wrong, it proves rather that the Church is right The Church is justified not because her children do not sin, but because they do To me this is perfect in that it explains the one thing I often feel like explaining to people They look at Christians and Christianity and believe it is about morality or ethics, but the gospel is not a tool for purely creating good or morally right people As Romans 3 23 24 states 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus The church should be full of people just as hurt, broken and failing as the world, and it is when the church contains such people that the message of the gospel should be seenOf course if you ve read this far through my review you d be aware that this is a book aimed at Christians or those actively seeking answers to life from various viewpoints I find that Chesterton is the best writer I have discovered at providing logical and sound reasons for belief And in doing so he shows that Christianity is special and that faith and logic are not so different as some may believe.