Friday, April 14, 2006

Question for the Women

(Are there ANY women reading this blog?)

1. Why do you like Chesterton?

2. What is it that draws you to his writings?

Thank you for your thoughts.


  1. +JMJ+

    I can't believe this post is several days old and that I am the first one to leave a comment! Well, Nancy, there is at least one woman reading your 'blog.

    1. I love G.K. Chesterton because he makes such great sense and because of his unique writing style. Some writers are also very sensible but are more difficult to read, while others are all sizzle but no steak. Chesterton is always wonderful.

    2. I am drawn to his writings because I love how creatively he writes. He comes up with the most original analogies and the clearest arguments. Beginning a new text is always exciting because I never know what is going to be in store. There are gems of prose hidden here and there in his writing, which I never expect where they lie, but which stun me like a blast of trumpets when I finally come across them. Even coming back to old texts is great, because no matter how well I think I know them, I'll always end up reading something I'd swear wasn't there the first time.

  2. Happy Easter again, Mrs. B :)

    Well, Lent is over- & this blog is still a must-read...

    Dale Ahlquist's presentation of Chesterton is what got me interested-
    GKC is like cats to me- I admire them from a distance, as I do not understand them, (and also I'm allergic to them:)

    And I find the people that love them to be very interesting people. So the understanding of GKC that I have is through people like Mr. Ahlquist...

    & you too, Mrs. B!

  3. Love the blog.

    I was drawn to Chesterton by the joy in Chesterton and the joy in the people who read Chesterton.

    Happy Easter!

    Sara Bowen

  4. Thanks, Ladies! It is reassuring to know that you are here, and what you find interesting about Chesterton. I remember meeting a fellow Chestertonian, and we had both fallen in love with Chesterton for his person, his kindness and personal attributes. Anyway, it got me thinking, because usually Chesterton is described as so much of a "man's man" that it made me think, hey, I like him, too, and I bet other women do, too.

  5. Chesterton is my heroes' hero, Mrs. B-

    & mine too!

  6. It is nice to see some chicks joining the blog. ;)

  7. Hi Mr. Chestertonian,

    Attended this past weekend's conference- passed along your message to the host that you had asked me to deliver...

    A really nice guy, btw! And to echo one comment posted above-

    It was a joy to see so many people full of such joy!


  8. Well lets see, I love him for his fiction (Father Brown is where I first met him, but I really love The Flying Inn, The Ball and The Cross, and The Man Who was Thursday), and I love him for his non-fiction because Orthodoxy helped lead me to the Catholic Church. I love him for his economic theories which actually respect the contribution that women make right in their own homes.

    What draws me to his writing is his use of parodox and the sheer joy that radiates through all of it.

    How could any woman not like a man who clearly saw his role as that of a knight who should defend his lady. Ok, so it's an old fashioned notion and modern feminist eschew it, but come on in your heart of hearts don't you like a man who puts you on a pedestal?

    By the way I traveled 600 miles round trip to go to that Rochester Chesterton conference and it was worth every mile (even the ones in the pouring rain on the way back!). Lou Horvath and the other Rochester Chestertonians should be very proud of the splendid job they did. The 18 year old who went with me actually thought the first speaker of the day was the best one of all, even if he wasn't Joseph Pearce or Dale Alquist.

  9. Um, Rhap, refresh my memory: what message did I ask you to pass on to the host?



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