Our readings on Chesterton and Shaw provoked a question from some members: how could Chesterton be friends with such a devilish creature? This month we probe Chesterton's interior life a bit in the way he encountered and confronted evil/darkness through some chosen writings:
Our resources for this month:
Join us for our next meeting on June 11th, where we will be revisiting a work we've read before (back in 2015) - Chesterton's highly original novel, Manalive!
While an easy read, this book is packed with some of the most quintessential elements of Chesterton's philosophy, condensed into and embodied in the eponymous character Innocent Smith.
You can read the book online here.
For the month of May, we invite you to join us as we discuss Chesterton's friend and fellow raconteur, though ideological nemesis, George Bernard Shaw.
The reading packet also includes some optional, but recommended, supplementary material for your consideration:
We look forward to seeing you in May! Kindly RSVP below.
For our next meeting, on March 19th (The Solemnity of Saint Joseph), we will be reading Chesterton's powerful polemic, Eugenics and Other Evils.
From ACS President Dale Ahlquist's intro to this work:
The philosophy behind Eugenics is with us still. Generally speaking, all of the original arguments in favor of Eugenics have become the same arguments in favor of birth control, abortion, euthanasia, and even cloning.
Some of our long-time members will remember that we've discussed this book once before, but like all of Chesterton's writings, it bears revisiting! You can read the book online for free here.
Join us for our next meeting, at Ivy Hall on February 19th, which will be a special treat!
This is a particularly great meeting for new members, so if you have any friends to invite along, please bring them! See below for details.
This month, we will be finishing the first book of the great Father Brown series, The Innocence of Father Brown, which we began in June of 2015.
Ways to read:
- You can purchase a collection of Father Brown.
- You can read the book online.
- Listen to a free audiobook.
Following the busy holidays, we are gathering in January for our first meeting in the new year, to read the lyrical and insightful - and sometimes controversial - book Chesterton wrote on the Holy Land, its meaning and history: The New Jerusalem.
Alternately, you can read it online at Project Gutenberg or you can download a free audiobook version from Librivox.
For October, we'll be reading Chesterton's wonderful and fun novel, The Flying Inn!
For our next meeting, we will be reading excerpts from Chesterton's book, What I Saw in America, assembled in a custom reading packet. If you own the book and would rather read that way, we will be covering the first three chapters along with the final chapter of the book.
For our next meeting, rather than a reading, we will have a special rehearsal presentation of Joe Grabowski's conference paper on Chesterton and Waugh: a preview for those that will attend the conference, and a next-best-thing for those unable to do so.
On Sunday, May 15th, just us as we discuss...
As with some previous meetings, rather than have members go out and buy one or more books, we've put together selection of readings in a custom packet, which you can download right here:
We aim to provide an opportunity for fellowship and fun in Southeastern Pennsylvania centered around the writings of G.K. Chesterton.