For the Society's next meeting on September 23rd, we are doing something a bit different: rather than discussing a work as per usual, we will be discussing our Society itself. This will be, as it were, a "business meeting" of the Society, to discuss the results of our Member Survey and the future and the organizational structure of our little group.
UPDATE: The results are in! Download a report of the Survey data here.
Questions to be addressed include:
NOTE: Even though this is a "business meeting," new members (as always) are very much welcome! [Indeed, new perspectives would be particularly helpful given the focus of this meeting!]
Please RSVP for the September meeting at the bottom of this post.
For the Society's monthly meeting on August 12, 2018, we will be discussing a theme rather than a particular work: the theme being mythology as it is approached in the thinking of George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Come join us for a great discussion!
There will be a reading packet for this meeting, but we are not posting it online. In order to obtain the reading packet, please e-mail us a request by clicking below.
Note, you don't need to RSVP for this meeting: reading packet requests will be taken as RSVPs. If you want the packet but cannot attend the meeting, please note that in the email request.
You might also want to watch this video by Chestertonian Kevin O'Brien, originally aired on EWTN, as it discusses some of the themes for our meeting:
For the Society's next meeting, on July 15, members will be treated to a preview version of the talk that Joe Grabowski will be giving at The 37th Annual Chesterton Conference in Orlando, Florida (Aug. 2-4).
The lecture will be on Chesterton and the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, and try to show how Chesterton studies can benefit from contact with Kierkegaard scholarship in terms of understanding Chesterton's place in the history of philosophy and how Chesterton's worldview - especially as expressed in "The Ethics of Elfland," the fourth chapter in Orthodoxy - can genuinely be seen as a true system and as a truly innovative and important response to foregoing intellectual movements.
As the lecture is intended for a general audience, no background familiarity with Kierkegaard will be assumed or necessary; however, if members are interested, a great resource for getting an overview of Kierkegaard's thought is the entry on him in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
The Society will gather as usual at 6:30 PM on July 15th for some snacks and socialization, and the lecture will commence at 7:00 PM, with time for questions and socialization to follow. Please RSVP for this meeting below.
Join the Society for our next monthly meeting and discussion on the evening of Sunday, June 10th, when we'll focus on a lesser-read but very fun Chesterton work, his collection of short stories (or, arguably, "composite novel"), The Poet and the Lunatics. focusing on the exploits of a quintessential Chesterton character, Gabriel Gale, cut from the same mold as his priest-detective Father Brown, or the retired-Judge-cum-mystic, Basil Grant (of The Club of Queer Trades). Gale's poetic sensitivity and mystical nature allow him to grasp facts others would miss, embodying a definition Chesterton once quoted of paradox as "Truth standing on her head to attract attention."
The book is available from The American Chesterton Society shop as well as from Amazon.com either in a very affordable trade paperback, used hardcover, or Kindle format. It can also be read online.
Please see below the break for more details or to RSVP.
For our April 15, 2018 meeting we'll be reading and discussing some selected poems from Chesterton. You can download the reading packet below. Kindly RSVP for this meeting below the "read more" break.
We aim to provide fellowship and fun in the Philadelphia area as we gather and honor the personal and literary legacy of G.K. Chesterton.
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