Wednesday, June 12, 2013

G.K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (usually called G.K. Chesterton or simply GKC) was born in London in 1874. He became a well-known writer and lecturer. He was officially received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1922, but had been writing from a Romanist point of view for a long time before that. Some of his writing is specifically Roman Catholic, and (in my judgement) he sometimes takes a passing swipe at Protestant positions without troubling to understand them. However, much of his writing is "generic Christian," and is read with profit and delight by many readers, theologically conservative and otherwise, from all branches of Christendom and from none. (C. S. Lewis read him at a time when he was suspicious of most Christian writers, and counts him an influence in his conversion.)

Chesterton died 14 June 1936, but is commemorated two days earlier on this calendar because the later days are taken.


Almighty God, who gave to thy servant Gilbert the gift of a ready tongue and pen, enduing him with zeal to use them in thy service: Mercifully grant us, that we may well and truly answer to reason for the hope that is in us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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