Issue: Summer 2020

The President of The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton in America, Dale Ahlquist, leads this issue with a thought-provoking article on the subject of death in the light of Chesterton’s insights. There is a short report on where Chesterton lived at different times in England, and a summary of a Greg Sheridan article which draws on Chesterton’s understanding of courage. Tributes are paid to “Two Champions of Chesterton” who recently died – Clive James (by Karl Schmude) and William Oddie (by Francis Phillips), and Garry Nieuwkamp contributes a review of Oddie’s important 2008 study of Chesterton. Richard Egan explores the thoughts of the British author (and member of the Inklings with CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien), Charles Williams, on the meaning and purpose of sexual love, followed by a number of remarkable Chesterton prophesies on the Sexual Revolution. The issue concludes with a report on the worldwide interest in Chesterton as revealed by enquirers to the Australian Chesterton website, created in 2016 by Marty Schmude.

Charles Williams – a Chesterton Novel and Sexual Love

Charles Williams (1885- 1945) was a novelist, poet, playwright, literary critic and theologian. His Outlines of Romantic Theology, written in 1925 but not published until 1990, seeks to develop…

Remembering Two ‘Champions of Chesterton’ – Part 2 (William Oddie)

The death of William Oddie will be sad news for his many friends and former colleagues. A large personality in Catholic journalistic circles, his unmistakable voice will be…

Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC, 1874-1908 by William Oddie

I have often wondered what motivates someone to sit down and write an account of another’s life. To walk in another set of shoes or to get inside the…

Remembering Two ‘Champions of Chesterton’ – Part 1 (Clive James)

Clive James The death last November of the Australian ex- patriate author and broadcaster Clive James (pictured) is an occasion for recalling his ad- miration of Chesterton. In…

The Homes of Chesterton

Chesterton’s first home outside of London, in the rural town of Beaconsfield, has recently been threatened with demolition to make way for the building of an apartment block….

The End of the World Again

As Holy Week in the Christian calendar approaches, we become conscious once again of the death of Christ. Our thoughts may even take a counter-cultural turn and confront…