Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God  -     By: Ralph C. Wood
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Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God

Baylor University Press / 2011 / Hardcover

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* A groundbreaking study on a little explored dimension of Chesterton's aesthetics. Focusing on Chesterton's faith as the central influence that shaped his theological vision and literary work, Wood demonstrates how the writer's artistic principles inform select novels and poems, including "The Ballad of the White Horse," Orthodoxy, and The Man Who Was Thursday. 200 pages, hardcover from Baylor University.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 358
Vendor: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1602581614
ISBN-13: 9781602581616

Publisher's Description

The literary giant G. K. Chesterton is often praised as the "Great Optimist"--God's rotund jester. In this fresh and daring endeavor, Ralph Wood turns a critical eye on Chesterton's corpus to reveal the beef-and-ale believer's darker vision of the world and those who live in it. During an age when the words grace, love, and gospel, sound more hackneyed than genuine, Wood argues for a recovery of Chesterton's primary contentions: First, that the incarnation of Jesus was necessary reveals a world full not of a righteous creation but of tragedy, terror, and nightmare, and second, that the problem of evil is only compounded by a Christianity that seeks progress, political control, and cultural triumph.Wood's sharp literary critique moves beyond formulaic or overly pious readings to show that, rather than fleeing from the ghoulish horrors of his time, Chesterton located God's mysterious goodness within the existence of evil. Chesterton seeks to reclaim the keen theological voice of this literary authority who wrestled often with the counterclaims of paganism. In doing so, it argues that Christians may have more to learn from the unbelieving world than is often supposed.

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