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Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God Ralph C. Wood

Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God

Ralph C. Wood

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The literary giant G. K. Chesterton is often praised as the Great Optimist—Gods rotund jester. In this fresh and daring endeavor, Ralph Wood turns a critical eye on Chestertons corpus to reveal the beef-and-ale believers darker vision of theMoreThe literary giant G. K. Chesterton is often praised as the Great Optimist—Gods rotund jester. In this fresh and daring endeavor, Ralph Wood turns a critical eye on Chestertons corpus to reveal the beef-and-ale believers darker vision of the world and those who live in it. During an age when the words grace, love, and gospel, sound more hackneyed than genuine, Wood argues for a recovery of Chestertons primary contentions: First, that the incarnation of Jesus was necessary reveals a world full not of a righteous creation but of tragedy, terror, and nightmare, and second, that the problem of evil is only compounded by a Christianity that seeks progress, political control, and cultural triumph.Wood’s sharp literary critique moves beyond formulaic or overly pious readings to show that, rather than fleeing from the ghoulish horrors of his time, Chesterton located Gods mysterious goodness within the existence of evil. Chesterton seeks to reclaim the keen theological voice of this literary authority who wrestled often with the counterclaims of paganism. In doing so, it argues that Christians may have more to learn from the unbelieving world than is often supposed.