The Everlasting Man Analysis

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Historical context of the Book With much deliberation, I decided to analyze G. K Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man. Chesterton wrote this book in a time where social Darwinism was plaguing society. People started following the notion that we are just a phase in the realm of evolution and Jesus was an unimportant religious leader in history. The Everlasting Man is Chesterton response to this misleading notion. However, this book is also a deliberate rebuttal to The Outline of History by H.G. Wells who claims human life is a seamless development like animals and Christ was only a charismatic person who lived long ago. This book is apologetic for the Christian faith and serves and a defense against those who claim humans derive anywhere except through God. This…show more content…
His cure to this problem is to back up and he wrote this book to help them do so. Chesterton is a well know Christian apologetic, writer, lay theologian and more. He used intellect to defend the Christian faith and inspire the world through literature. He wrote books, short stories, poems, essays and plays he even did several radio shows on BBC up until his death in 1936. The Everlasting Man is one of his greatest works.
Summary of the context of the Book The book is written in two parts each dealing with two separate defenses. Part one Chesterton’s defense against the notion that humans are just a part of evolution and have evolved from a barbaric state to what we are today. Part two is Chesterton’s defense against the idea that Jesus was just a charismatic character and not the divine Son of God. Both parts start with the same introduction in a cave. Chesterton divided part one into eight chapters each dealing different arguments that defend the idea of evolution. Chesterton steps back from biases beliefs and looks at the facts that we know to be true throughout history. He defends the idea that if we
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