Issue: Spring 2020
Emily de Rotstein retraces the journey of Frances and Gilbert Chesterton in the Holy Land in 1920. She highlights their walks around the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting such key Christian sites as the Garden of Gethsemane and the Via Dolorosa.
Gary Furnell compares Chesterton’s views on mass media, especially newspapers, with those of the Danish philosophy Soren Kierkegaard, and argues for a sense of detachment from the obsessive nature of “news” so as to allow time for a more balanced perspective on life’s deeper realities.
Garry Nieuwkamp looks at the issues which Chesterton chose to emphasise in his writings on America, such as the puritanism of Prohibition in the 1920s and the servility of the capitalist system, while not dwelling on the racial divide in American culture.
Karl Schmude reports on the project of a Sydney film-maker, Elvis Joseph, who has adapted for the screen Chesterton’s first play, Magic, which is due to premiere in 2021.