The Christian Imagination: G.K. Chesterton on the Arts

The Christian Imagination G K Chesterton on the Arts Here is a new look at imagination and the arts from the point of view of one of Western civilization s most insightful observers G K Chesterton Gilbert Chesterton had the rare gift of being able to un

  • Title: The Christian Imagination: G.K. Chesterton on the Arts
  • Author: Thomas C. Peters
  • ISBN: 9780898707571
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here is a new look at imagination and the arts from the point of view of one of Western civilization s most insightful observers G.K Chesterton Gilbert Chesterton had the rare gift of being able to understand situations from the inside that is, to see through the hidden assumptions, lapses in logic, and other follies of even his own social and occupational situatioHere is a new look at imagination and the arts from the point of view of one of Western civilization s most insightful observers G.K Chesterton Gilbert Chesterton had the rare gift of being able to understand situations from the inside that is, to see through the hidden assumptions, lapses in logic, and other follies of even his own social and occupational situations He was a journalist, and yet an unsparing critic of journalism He was a poet, a story teller, a novelist, a playwright, and an illustrator Among the most imaginative of men who ever lived, Chesterton had much of value to say about the arts, imagination, and the Christian faith.Thomas Peters takes the reader on a guided tour of Chesterton s observations and opinions regarding human imagination and its various manifestations in the arts Using ample quotations in order to let Chesterton speak for himself, Peters explores the master s views on imagination, culture, and faith, as well as his fascinating opinions on everything from styles of painting to meter in poetry, from bohemian lifestyles to materialist philosophy, from singing at the bank to waiting for the train.

    One thought on “The Christian Imagination: G.K. Chesterton on the Arts”

    1. I think I've had this book more than once probably four times now and it is truly marvellous every time. Packed with quotes insights and the sheer joy of Chesterton's Christian vision of life art and culture. Read and re read.

    2. Anytime spent on celebrating GKC's life and legacy is downhill sledding for me, and this was no different. This is a great introduction into the who, what, when, where, and why of GKC. 3 stars due to the tiring structure of quoting GKC at length and then following it with 3 sentence summary of what he said but in a less fun way. Whenever Peter's just wrote and argued his point sans summarization, it was good.

    3. An excellent primer to the philosophy of G.K. Chesterton, but the reader might have a better time receiving it from ol' Gilbert himself. Peters, like most admirers of Chesterton, ends up committing almost as much text to quoting Chesterton as he does to original writing. This is a recurring problem with scholars. It seems no one can present Chesterton's position better and more charmingly than Chesterton did himself. A quality summary, to be sure; but not larger than life. I'd sooner recommend t [...]

    4. Thoroughly enjoyed this! GKC has a way of saying things that's just astonishingly insightful and wondrous. Can't wait to read more of his actual works now!

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