Both Lewis and Chesterton fascinate me, so it’s a wonder I haven’t read the book yet. In answer to the question, will wonders never cease? I can now say, yes, this wonder will.
A friend from Notre Dame Law School (a Wheaton-educated evangelical, as it happens) has just finished reading Everlasting Man. He sent me this fascinating description that pulled me out of the chair and into my Catholic co-clerk’s office to borrow the book:
Everlasting Man is an amazingly easy read, which makes it very hard work to get through. Chesterton’s prose is so clear and accessible, and his argumentative style so easygoing and persuasive, that I find myself flying through pages of syllogism only to arrive at conclusions which, while well-stated, are of suspect content. So I have to stop, regress, and rewalk the ground over which Chesterton had so trippingly carried me, resisting at every moment the sweeping impulse of his literary talent, until I find the unstated presumptions hidden like raisins in the dough of his text.
It’s a lot of fun, now that I think about it.
It sounds like fun. I am interested in Chesterton’s views on how Christ fulfills and completes history. I’m also interested in his musings on the Incarnation. I’m just as much looking forward to the “sweeping impulse of his literary talent.” I have come to the conclusion lately that rhetoric contains as much truth as logic does, that Nibley was wrong. Of which more anon.
Anyway, expect some Everlasting Man inspired posts soon.