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G.K. Chesterton and The Man Who Was Thursday

In this startlingly original book, even as Chesterton defends the need for a conservative and humane order, he is the poet of a God wildly beyond our most soaring imaginations. Sign up today and learn why Chesterton is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

Total number of class meetings: 7

Duration of each class: ~55 minutes

Prerequisite: The ability to enjoy reading and discussing the work

Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th

Suggested credit: ½ semester credit. For a full semester credit, precede with Dr. Russell’s The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (January).


At the turn of the 1900s, anarchy was a political fad every bit as powerful as global warming is today. More locally destructive, anarchists murdered several heads of state (ranging from President McKinley to the Archduke Ferdinand), and numerous public servants. They also fueled the statist revolutions of the communist era. European nations vastly increased their power by developing their secret police in response to the public panic created by these lunatic figures.

G. K. Chesterton, the great Catholic man of letters, writes one of the most startlingly original novels of the 20th-century in response both to the original source of anarchism (the imitation of Satan’s non serviam) and to the faithless response of modern man to such a threat. In the process Chesterton delineates, beautifully and entertainingly, the way that the very God who created and sustains order is so far beyond order (as puny human minds comprehend it) that He appears wild, chaotic and even threatening to our stubborn desire to reduce the cosmos to our control. Thus, even as he defends the need of a conservative and humane order, Chesterton is the poet of a God wildly beyond our most soaring imaginations.


Class 1: Biography and Chapter One
Class 2: Chapters 2-3 and an excursus on anarchists
Class 3: Chapters 4-6
Class 4: Chapters 7-9
Class 5: Chapters 10-12
Class 6: Chapters 13-14
Class 7: Chapter 15

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton (https://www.chesterton.org/store/product/man-who-was-thursday)

Homework: Approximately 20 pages per week, about an hour’s reading. There will be computer-graded quizzes available after each class, and a final.

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