G.K. CHESTERTON and IRON MAIDEN: An Incredibly Unlikely Juxtaposition

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, English writer, is known for his published works on philosophy, ontology, poetry, plays, journalism, public lectures and debates, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction.But did you know that he penned a hymn?And did you know that the heavy metal band Iron Maiden used Chesterton's lyrics in their recording "Revelations"?"O God of Earth and Altar" was written in 1906.  Its second verse … [Read more...]

The Father Brown Mysteries: A Little Beach Reading from Chesterton

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"Father Brown is one of the few characters in all fiction who--through his humanity, sagacity, personal charm and credible genius--is likely to survive the fickle years."That high praise for G.K. Chesterton's clerical sleuth comes from none other than Ellery Queen, the pseudonymous mystery writing team of Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee.Father Brown was, in Chesterton's imagination, a short, stumpy Roman Catholic priest, "formerly of Cobhole in Essex, and now working in … [Read more...]

LUTHER’S BONFIRE: A Conflagration of Ideas

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Libraries are full of ordinary books stuffed with mediocre stories.  Mind candy, daytime soap operas in paper and ink, they titillate the imagination but are soon abandoned on the cranial cutting room floor. But every so often, one encounters an idea or a string of ideas—like pearls on a choker—stated with such profundity that they catapult across one’s cerebellum, knocking lesser theses off their comfortable perches, crashing into misconceptions, and inciting a riot of reeval … [Read more...]