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Winter 2017

Chesterton invoked the metaphor of colour in describing the state of education as a 'broken rainbow' - the disorder of colour reflecting the loss of a colour scheme and a lack of intellectual order. The Winter 2017 issue contains articles on this and other topics, including the first in a new series, Desert Island Chesterton, in which writers will discuss the Chesterton book they would choose in the event of being marooned.

Table of contents

  • The 'Broken Rainbow' of Education (Karl Schmude)
  • Australia - The Distributist Experiment (Garrick Small)
  • Father Brown (John Young and Charlie Hegarty)
  • Chesterton - and the Condescension of the Elites
  • The Man Who Was Thursday - on a Desert Island (Philippa Martyr)

Previous editions

Autumn 2017

It is part of the surprising paradoxes in Chesterton’s thought that he saw fairy tales as about reality, not fantasy, and full of moral truths rather than an indulgence in 'make believe'. The Autumn 2017 issue discusses these insights in the context of a current controversy in Australia over the supposed gender bias in fairy tales.

Table of contents

  • The Reality of Fairy Tales (Karl Schmude)
  • Frances: The Woman Who Was Chesterton (Ian Johnstone)
  • Belloc’s Four Men Revisited (Tony Evans)
  • First and Last: Chesterton as a Daily Journalist (Dale Ahlquist)
  • Tolkien - the Chesterton Inspiration (David Alton)

Summer 2017

This issue explores the intriguing links between Chesterton and the leaders of the modern communications revolution, notably Marshall McLuhan and Steve Jobs. There are also major articles by the well-known journalist, Greg Sheridan, and an American scholar, Joseph Stuart, about a famous Christopher Dawson essay on 'the bourgeois mind'.

Table of contents

  • Marshall McLuhan – The Medium Was Chesterton / Chesterton and the Book of Jobs (Karl Schmude)
  • Chesterton: The Journalist as An Artist (Greg Sheridan)
  • Bourgeois or Baroque? A Christopher Dawson Essay (Joseph T. Stuart)
  • Australian Chesterton Website

Spring 2016

Chesterton wrote articles every year on the theme of Christmas, often for more than one journal or newspaper. The lead article, ‘Christmas Must Go,’ highlights Chesterton’s ironic touch in mocking the pretensions of modernity and calling for a deeper understanding of Christmas.

Table of contents

  • Christmas Must Go
  • An Autobiography Revisited
  • Dealing Life: A Review of Manalive
  • Did Chesterton Predict Brexit?
  • Defending the Fences
  • If Chesterton Had Been Irish?
  • The Nativity

Winter 2016

Chesterton had a singular gift for inspiring and not simply influencing his readers. Most, one would assume, were people who instinctively shared his perspectives and values, but there were also those who would have to be regarded as surprisingly affected by his writings.

Table of contents

  • The Unexpected Chestertonians
  • Documenting Chesterton’s Writings: An Interview With His Bibliographer
  • Chesterton at Campion College
  • The Most Famous Chesterton Quote – But Was it Chesterton’s?
  • Walking in the Path of Belloc
  • Christopher Hitchens and Peter Craven

Autumn 2016

One of the fascinating features of the revival of interest in Chesterton is its international scope.

Table of contents

  • The Global Chesterton
  • Chesterton in Oxford
  • The Italian Connection
  • Chesterton Society in Japan
  • A Chesterton Centre in Africa
  • A New Biography of Chesterton
  • Chesterton in Debate

Summer 2016

G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc would no longer be so readily associated in the public mind as they once were.

Table of contents

  • Remembering the 'Chesterbelloc'
  • Reflections on the 'Chesterbelloc'
  • My Path to Belloc
  • Belloc in Australia
  • The Prophetic Insights of Hilaire Belloc
  • Chesterton the Metaphysician

Spring 2015

The feast of Christmas has a natural connection with both Chesterton and children.

Table of contents

  • The Child Who Was Chesterton
  • Conference on Chesterton and the Convert Cardinals
  • Introducing Chesterton to Children
  • The Elves have Left the Building
  • Chesterton and Anti-Semitism
  • Death of a Chesterton Anthologist

Winter 2015

How would G.K. Chesterton have reacted to the recent encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudate si’ (‘Praise Be To You’, taken from St Francis of Assisi’s poem of praise to God, Canticle of the Sun)?

Table of contents

  • Chesterton and Pope Francis – Early Hints of a Papal Encyclical
  • Chesterton - Theologian of the Environment?
  • Is Chesterton’s Common Man Becoming Uncommon?
  • Father Brown – The Detective Who Philosophized
  • Chesterton at Notre Dame – a Rediscovered Work
  • The Accidental Discovery of Chesterton

Autumn 2015

Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of The Australian newspaper, is a long-time fan of G.K. Chesterton whom he has highlighted at various times in his columns.

Table of contents

  • Greg Sheridan on Chesterton
  • Antony Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest - A Mischievous Tale
  • Chesterton’s Last Will and Testament
  • A New Canon – Updating an Everlasting Author
  • Celebrating the Common Man
  • Chesterton in Chicago – the Marion E. Wade Center

Summer 2015

Chesterton has long been celebrated for his prophetic insight, anticipating the ultimate direction of various intellectual trends. One of his least known prophecies has recently attracted new attention - his vision of the resurgence of Islam.

Table of contents

  • Chesterton and the Resurgence of Islam
  • Chesterton’s Islamic England
  • Islam in the West – A Comment
  • A New Chesterton Adventure Story for Young People
  • Chesterton Devotee Awarded the Templeton
  • Chesterton and "Peter's Friends"
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