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Chesterton, Gilbert Keith (1874–1936)

  1. Jason R. Edwards

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0269

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Edwards, J. R. 2011. Chesterton, Gilbert Keith (1874–1936). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


G. K. Chesterton was one of the greatest authors and Christian apologists of the 20th century. Throughout his life, he leveled his insightful mind and gifted pen against a host of popular 20th century causes, including socialism, relativism, materialism, skepticism, industrial capitalism, and eugenics. The famed argumentation of Chesterton — the “Prince of Paradox” — resounded with wit that exposed popular falsehoods as clever but ultimately nonsensical. Not limited to attack, Chesterton also remains one of the most eloquent advocates for common sense, beauty, the family, the poor, and Christianity.


  • Chesterton, Gilbert Keith (1874–1936);
  • christian apologists, of 20th century;
  • the “prince of paradox,” argumentation of Chesterton;
  • orthodoxy, explication of christian faith;
  • Chesterton's biography of St. Thomas Aquinas;
  • the outline of sanity, treatment of “distributism”;
  • Chesterton's appetite for life;
  • Chesterton's spiritual and intellectual home, the church;
  • Chesterton's legacy, substantial