Considered by many to be Chesterton's greatest masterpiece of all his writings, this is his whole view of world history as informed by the Incarnation. Beginning with the origin of man and the various religious attitudes throughout history, Chesterton shows how the fulfillment of all of man's desires takes place in the person of Christ and in Christ's Church.
Chesterton propounds the thesis that "those who say that Christ stands side by side with similar myths, and his religion side by side with similar religions, are only repeating a very stale formula contradicted by a very striking fact." And with all the brilliance and devastating irony, so characteristic of his best writing, Chesterton gleefully and tempestuously tears to shreds that "very stale formula" and triumphantly proclaims in vivid language the glory and unanswerable logic of that very striking fact. Here is the genius of Chesterton at its delightful best.
"… in the mood of clarity which the author creates for us, the sense of wonder and awe at the universe, at God and man, Mr. Chesterton performs a miracle which comes well in this sophisticated age of scorn."
– Boston Transcript
"Probably the best Chesterton has written. It is so rich in good sense, in wit, and in plain profound and cheerful truth that almost every page deserves a review to itself."
– The Spectator
Table of Contents:
Introduction: The Plan of This Book
Part One: On the Creature Called Man
The Man in the Cave
Professors and the Prehistoric Man
The Antiquity and Civilisation
God and Comparative Religion
Man and Mythologies
The Demons and the Philosophers
The War of the Gods and Demons
The End of the World
Part II: On the Man Called Christ
The God in the Cave
The Riddles of the Gospel
The Strangest Story in the World
The Witness of the Heretics
The Escape from Paganism
The Five Deaths of the Faith
Appendix I: On Prehistoric Man
Appendix II: On Authority and Accuracy