Discover and Rediscover G.K. Chesterton

The American Chesterton Society (ACS), founded in 1996, works to promote interest in G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. A convert to the Catholic Church, Chesterton wrote over a hundred books during his lifetime and published over five thousand essays in newspapers and magazines.


One of the most quoted writers in the English language, yet one of the least studied, G.K. Chesterton foresaw and wrote about the issues we struggle with today: social injustice, the culture of death, the decline of the arts, assaults on religion, and attacks on the family and on the dignity of the human person.

Interest in, and appreciation for, Chesterton’s work is growing thanks in part to the sustained efforts of the ACS. 



Members of the American Chesterton Society receive a subscription to our award-winning publication, Gilbert, as well as a 20% discount on books, gifts, conference tickets, and digital downloads.



Our website includes a wealth of information on G.K. Chesterton, including free access to many of Chesterton’s writings, a collection of his quotations, and nearly one hundred lectures about Chesterton’s books and essays by Dale Ahlquist.



Dale Ahlquist has given over 600 talks, and been invited on dozens of radio programs to discuss the wit and wisdom of G.K. Chesterton. Dale is an international speaker, who has lectured in Ireland, England, Australia, Canada, Italy, and Spain.



Through our newest initiative, ACS Books, we are publishing our own titles. The success of All Roads: Roamin’ Catholic Apologetics, The Catechism of Hockey, The Hound of Distributism, and Jousting with the Devil: Chesterton’s Battle with the Father of Lies is only the tip of the iceberg. Look for ACS Books at your local bookstore.


The 35th annual conference was held in Slippery Rock, PA at Slippery Rock University in 2016. We also hosted a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy in March of 2013. The trip featured a full-day International Chesterton conference, organized in collaboration with the Italian Chesterton Society.


We now have nearly 70 local Chesterton Societies around the country, and we have assigned a dedicated volunteer liaison to encourage increased society activity. We’ve also supported the efforts of Chesterton societies getting started in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, and Spain.


The American Chesterton Society exists, believe it or not, to make known to Americans the work of G.K. Chesterton, who is one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived.

Dr. Peter Kreeft


The popular program, The Apostle of Common Sense, our television series on EWTN, now on its seventh season,  is designed to introduce viewers to G.K. Chesterton, to be challenged by his ideas, to see the completeness of his thought, and to be treated to the joy and depth of his faith.


The Chesterton Digital Library (CDL) is an ACS initiative to build the most complete collection of Chesterton’s writings anywhere on earth. Our goal is to make this tool available to the public and to give readers global access to a complete database of Chesterton’s writings.

Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated. For more information call us at 800-343-2425 or contact us today.

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Dale Ahlquist

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