G. K. CHESTERTON: APOSTLE OF COMMON SENSE - Season 1

A study of the wit and wisdom of the great 20th Century writer, G.K. Chesterton, hosted by Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO CHESTERDON

An overview of Chesterton, the prolific Catholic writer who "said something about everything and he said it better than anybody else."

ORTHODOXY

Dale Ahlquist discusses Chesteron's classic book Orthodoxy and how Chesterton came across orthodox belief almost by accident.

HERETICS

Chesterton's book "Heretics" takes on modernism, and the skeptic's refusal to use his brain to come to conclusions. He says, " Trees have no dogmas. Turnips are singularly broad-minded."

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE CHURCH

Host Dale Ahlquist shows how Chesterton addressed the main problems of his day, which are the same in our day. His solution is to return to the Christian ideal, which "has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH & CONVERSION

"It's one thing to conclude that Catholicism is good and another to conclude that it is right. It is one thing to conclude that it is right, and another to conclude that it is always right."

THE THING: WHY I AM A CATHOLIC

Dale Ahlquist examines Chesterton's contrasts of the Church (The Thing) to all other philosophies, religions and ideologies.

THE WELL AND THE SHALLOWS

The Catholic Church is the well-everything else is the shallows.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Dale Ahlquist focuses on Chesterton's admiration of St. Francis of Assisi. Chesterton tells about the man who "cared chiefly for the best kind of giving which is called thanksgiving."

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

Dale Ahlquist explains Chesterton's view of St. Thomas Aquinas which was when Aquinas began by answering no, it would not be the beginning but the end.

THE EVERLASTING MAN

Dale Ahlquist discusses how Chesterton wrote about Christ and the things his critics said about him.

THE OUTLINE OF SANITY

Dale Ahlquist examines Chesterton's book, "The Outline of Sanity" and exposes the problem with modern economic systems such as capitalism and communism.

THE SUPERSTITION OF DIVORCE

Dale Ahlquist discusses Chesterton's view of marriage and divorce.

EUGENICS AND OTHER EVILS

Dale Ahlquist discusses Chesterton's book "Eugenics" exploring the evils of racism, euthanasia, and abortion.

FR. BROWN

Dale Ahlquist gives an overview of Chesterton's popular "Fr. Brown" detective stories, featuring Fr. James R. Kolp as Fr. Brown.

CHESTERTON FOR TODAY

Dale Ahlquist explains the relevance of Chesterton's writings to today's world. As Chesterton said, "A society is in decay when common sense has become uncommon."

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