Chesterton.NU is a website of publisher City on a Mountain To make G.K. Chesterton more widely known in the Dutch-speaking world. 

Gilbert Keith Chesterton lived in London from 1874 to 1936 and was a man of letters and a journalist. A great and creative thinker who loved to debate his opponents in word and writing. With humor, self-mockery and paradoxes, he gained great popularity, but also numerous enemies. His best-known works are Orthodoxy (1908), The Eternal Man (1925) and the short detective stories Father Brown.

Chesterton has a striking, infectious writing style, with plenty of humor, cleverness and common sense. Not for nothing is he often called "the Apostle of Common Sense" and "the Prince of Paradox. He wrote a casual, witty prose that was loaded with stunning formulations, such as: 'Thieves respect private property. They just want to make private property their own private property so they can respect it even more.'

In the process, his writing remains surprisingly topical, which is why Chesterton is still read today. Many great writers cite Chesterton as an example, including: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Jorge Luis Borges. Religious leaders such as Dorothy Day, Pope John Paul I and even Mahatma Gandhi also quote him as an inspiration. After his conversion, however, he would become an ardent defender of the faith and the (Roman Catholic) Church, especially in the face of liberal, secular and Protestant prejudices.


The Eternal Man

In 1925, G.K. Chesterton published his book The Everlasting Man. One of the absolute classics of Christian apologetics. The main themes of the book are enduringly topical: religion versus science, rationalism and atheism, faith and superstition. High time for a Dutch translation that is widely available. The translation is by Anton de Wit and Geert Peeters.

Erwin de Ruiter

A bombing

Een scene uit ‘De man die donderdag was’ van Reinier Sonneveld en Roy Bergsma. Roy: ‘Na een eerste (mislukte) poging tot het bewerken van de roman ‘The Man who was Thursday’ tot een beeldverhaal, ben ik zo’n anderhalf jaar geleden opnieuw begonnen. Naast het werken aan nieuwe pagina’s is het daarnaast noodzakelijk om ook een

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Erwin de Ruiter

Fairy tales are more than true

Terecht werd ik door J.K. Haneveld gewezen op een citaat welke vaak ten onrechte wordt toegeschreven aan G.K. Chesterton. Het betreft onderstaande citaat van Neil Gaiman uit zijn in 2002 verschenen boek ‘Coraline’: Sprookjes zijn meer dan waar: niet omdat ze ons vertellen dat draken bestaan, maar omdat ze ons vertellen dat draken kunnen

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G.K. Chesterton
Erwin de Ruiter
Faithful to the earth

Een bijdrage van: Wolter Huttinga Dit artikel is ontstaan naar aanleiding van een lezing over ‘vreemdelingschap’ (2004): vreemdelingschap heeft natuurlijk alleen maar echt wat te

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