G.K. Chesterton: Christian Wit and Moralist for Our Time

Speaker(s): Ralph Wood
Date: July 17-28, 2007
Length: 15:25:35
Product ID: RGDL3631S

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Though he died in 1936, G. K. Chesterton remains a figure to be reckoned with. Countless lives have been transformed by his books, and rarely have his wit and witness been more sorely needed than in our humourless age. We will thus make careful examination of such important texts as Orthodoxy, The Man Who Was Thursday, the Christmas poems, some of the Father Brown stories, such prophetic essays as 'The Evil of Eugenics' and 'Skepticism and Spiritualism,' but also such exercises in pure wit as 'Asparagus,' 'On Lying in Bed' and 'A Defense of Nonsense.' Our aim will be to fathom the profound link between Chesterton's humour and his theology, his aphoristic style and his keen moral vision, his faithful churchmanship and his radical politics, his undying devotion to paradox no less than to the Incarnation. Lectures include:

  • Introduction to Chesterton's Life and Work
  • Orthodoxy (3.5 lectures)
  • The Man Who Was Thursday (2.5 Lectures)
  • "The Battle of Lepanto" and "What's Wrong with the World"
  • "What's Wrong with the World" and "The Ballad of the White House" (2 Lectures)

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Ralph C. Wood is University Professsor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University. There he has taught award-winning courses that are devoted to the relation of Christian faith to imaginitive literature. He is the author of The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists., Contending for the Faith: The Church's Engagement with Culture, The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth and Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South.

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