The Complete Thinker

The Complete Thinker

by Dale Ahlquist
5.00 out of 5
(2 customer reviews)

$17.95

Product Description

The Complete Thinker: The Marvelous Mind of G.K. Chesterton

What does it mean to be a “complete thinker”? It means being able to take on a wide variety of ideas and disciplines and put them all together in a way that they work together. It means thinking like G.K. Chesterton.

The English author G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was one of the most prolific and well-known writers of his time, and one of the most widely quoted in our own. For newspapers and magazines, he wrote social commentary, literary criticism, and poetry with poignancy and wit. Creator of the beloved detective Father Brown, Chesterton also wrote novels and short stories.

“Thinking”, wrote Chesterton, “means connecting things.” His ideas are not only connected to each other, they are also connected to us, showing that the thought of Chesterton is timeless. In a world of increasing specialization, Chesterton connects us to the big picture by helping us see how the many and varied elements within our experience fit together. He sheds light on almost every subject and opens doors from one thing to another with dazzling clarity.

Drawing on literally hundreds of references from Chesterton’s vast writings, Dale Ahlquist conducts a symphony, with Chesterton playing all the instruments in perfect harmony.

Additional Information

Weight 0.76 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 x 0.75 x 8 in
Author

Dale Ahlquist

Publisher

Ignatius Press

Binding

Paperback

Pages

261

Published Date

2012

2 reviews for The Complete Thinker

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Even though this book is, in a lot of ways, intended as a follow-up for The Apostle of Common Sense, and Common Sense 101, I loved reading it just on its own merit (which it has in excess!). As usual, Dale Ahlquist really breaks open Chesterton and shows in ways we might not otherwise consider, Chesterton’s incredibly timely relevance to our modern day and age. Pick any major issue we struggle with as a culture, and Ahlquist shares the pithy thoughts Chesterton brought to that issue, from a wide variety of his works. Really, really fascinating to read. Also, loved the appendix of the Darrow v. Chesterton debate. Way too cool!

  2. 5 out of 5

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    “I am sometimes asked if I ever read anything besides GK Chesterton. The answer, unfortunately, is yes. I wish I had a better answer— something more along the lines of no.” Dale Ahlquist, in the Introduction to The Complete Thinker, The Marvellous Mind of GK Chesterton.

    So if we should only read GKC, then we should not read Dale Ahlquist‎. But as my long suffering Wife got me the book for my Birthday, it would have seemed ungrateful not to read it. Also I don’t just read GKC, there’s Belloc, Tolkien, Pearce, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Belloc, Cecil (GKC’s brother) Dale etc.

    So, unless you’re only going to read GK Chesterton, ignore Mr Ahlquist’s advice and read his great book.

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