Peters (Battling for the Modern Mind: A Beginner's Chesterton, 1994) has written a potentially timely book, but one which suffers from a plodding hand. Chesterton, writing from 1900 to 1936, ingeniously and hilariously engaged London's great literary figures and social politicians in "duels" over the state and truth of Christianity, moral relativism and scientific determinism. Peters attempts to explain how Chesterton's uniquely Christian imagination enhanced his arguments. Unfortunately, Peters opaquely imbeds his ideas in a list-like series of densely discussed philosophical, religious and aesthetic topics, barely connected by the words "artist" and "imagination." While Chesterton speaks of imagination in ordinary terms, Peters pontificates beyond, trying to show how "Christian" Chesterton and these concepts are by giving parallels from the Bible to which Chesterton never alludes. (For example, "childlike wonder" supposedly relates to Jesus' reference to "the nearness of the child to the kingdom of God.") In addition, Peters indiscriminately mixes quotations from Chesterton's pre-Christian and post-Christian works as if they were all written from a Christian perspective. Readers new to Chesterton will find this a boring, confusing book, uneasily dependent upon Peters's sometimes unconvincing explanations and almost unreadable in places. A better choice is Alzina Stone Dale's engaging, excellent The Art of G.K. Chesterton (1985), which delightfully combines a biography of Chesterton with an insightful treatise on his art. (Mar.)
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Most people know G. K. Chesterton as an apologist for classical Christianity. But he also loved the arts. In "The Christian Imagination," Thomas Peters shows that Chesterton believed that God delighted in Creation, and so should we--an argument that did not always sit well with some of Chesterton's co-religionists, who were more interested in retreating from the world than in writing poetry that celebrated earthly beauty. In this slender volume, Peters analyzes Chesterton's songs, poems, illustrations, nonfiction, and novels. Those who have read only Chesterton's famous "Orthodoxy" may well decide, by the time they finish "The Christian Imagination," to delve into his less famous, but no less rich and rewarding, works. -- From Beliefnet
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Descrizione libro Ignatius Press, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110898707579
Descrizione libro Ignatius Press. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 0898707579 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0603709