Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God
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.
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Review: Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God (The Making of the Christian Imagination) (Making of the Christian Imagination)User Review - Jeremy - Goodreads
I used part of this book (Ch. 6) for my Old English presentation on Alfred the Great (October 2013). Read full review