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The Everlasting Man
by G.K. Chesterton

In this 16 chapter work by Chesterton (Catholic) he presents us with concepts about man, and about Christ the Man.

Contents

Introduction: The Plan of This Book

PART ONE
ON THE CREATURE CALLED MAN

01 The Man in the Cave
02 Professors and Prehistoric Men
03 The Antiquity of Civilisation
04 God and Comparative Religion
05 Man and Mythologies
06 The Demons and Philosophers
07 The War of the Gods and Demons
08 The End of the World

PART TWO
ON THE MAN CALLED CHRIST

09 The God in the Cave
10 The Riddles of the Gospel
11 The Strangest Story in the, World
12 The Witness of the Heretics
13 The Escape from Paganism
14 The Five Deaths of the Faith
15 Conclusion: The Summary of This Book
16 Appendix I: On Prehistoric Man
17 Appendix II: On Authority and Accuracy

Introduction: The Plan of This Book

THERE are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place; and I tried to trace such a journey in a story I once wrote. It is, however, a relief to turn from that topic to another story that I never wrote. Like every book I never wrote, it is by far the best book I have ever written. It is only too probable that I shall never write it, so I will use it symbolically here; for it was a symbol of the same truth. I conceived it as a romance of those vast valleys with sloping sides, like those along which the ancient White Horses of Wessex are scrawled along the flanks of the “‘hills. It concerned some boy whose farm or cottage stood on such a slope, and who went on his travels to find something, such as the effigy and grave of some giant; and when he was -far enough from home he looked back and saw that his own “farm and kitchen-garden, shining flat on the hill-side like the colours and quarterings of a shield, werre but parts of some such gigantic figure, on which he had always lived, but which was too large and too close to be seen. That, I think, is a true picture of the progress of any really independent intelligence today; and that is the point of this book.

The point of this book, in other words, is that the next best thing to being really inside Christendom is to be really outside it. And a particular point of it is that the popular critics of Christianity are not really outside it. They are on a debatable ground, in every sense of the term. They are doubtful in their very doubts. Their criticism has taken on a curious tone; as of a random and illiterate heckling. Thus they make current and anti-clerical cant as a sort of smalltalk. They will complain of parsons dressing like parsons; as if we should be any more free if all the police who shadowed ?