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The Everlasting Man
Reading of the 1925 Christian apologetics book by G. K. Chesterton

The Everlasting Man is a Christian apologetics book written by G. K. Chesterton, published in 1925. It is, to some extent, a deliberate rebuttal of H. G. Wells' The Outline of History, disputing Wells' portrayals of human life and civilisation as a seamless development from animal life and of Jesus Christ as merely another charismatic figure. Chesterton detailed his own spiritual journey in Orthodoxy, but in this book he tries to illustrate the spiritual journey of humanity, or at least of Western civilisation. The author Ross Douthat credits that, "Chesterton's somewhat loosey-goosey outline of history doubles as the best modern argument for Christianity I've ever read. You have to give in to the Chestertonian style, but if you do, be careful you might just be converted."

  1. Prefatory Note and Introduction: The Plan of This Book (27.2Mb)
  2. Appendix 1: On Prehistoric Man (4Mb)
  3. Appendix 2: On Authority and Accuracy (3.2Mb)
  4. Conclusion: The Summary of This Book (28.7Mb)
  5. Bk. 1, Ch. 1: The Man in the Cave (49.3Mb)
  6. Bk. 1, Ch. 2: Professors and Prehistoric Men (44.3Mb)
  7. Bk. 1, Ch. 3: The Antiquity of Civilisation (23.8Mb)
  8. Bk. 1, Ch. 3 (cont.) (49.1Mb)
  9. Bk. 1, Ch. 4: God and Comparative Religion (16.7Mb)
  10. Bk. 1, Ch. 4 (cont.) (36.9Mb)
  11. Bk. 1, Ch. 5: Man and Mythologies (23.7Mb)
  12. Bk. 1, Ch. 5 (cont.) (20Mb)
  13. Bk. 1, Ch. 6: Demons and Philosophers (23.5Mb)
  14. Bk. 1, Ch. 6 (cont.) (36.7Mb)
  15. Bk. 1, Ch. 7: The War of the Gods and Demons (41.8Mb)
  16. Bk. 1, Ch. 8: The End of the World (25.1Mb)
  17. Bk. 1, Ch. 8 (cont.) (16.2Mb)
  18. Bk. 2, Ch. 1: The God in the Cave (21.7Mb)
  19. Bk. 2, Ch. 1 (cont.) (27.9Mb)
  20. Bk. 2, Ch. 2: The Riddles of the Gospel (12.9Mb)
  21. Bk. 2, Ch. 2 (cont.) (23.8Mb)
  22. Bk. 2, Ch. 3: The Strangest Story in the World (30Mb)
  23. Bk. 2, Ch. 3 (cont.) (14.2Mb)
  24. Bk. 2, Ch. 4: The Witness of the Heretics (17.5Mb)
  25. Bk. 2, Ch. 4 (cont.) (18.8Mb)
  26. Bk. 2, Ch. 4 (end) (16.3Mb)
  27. Bk. 2, Ch. 5: The Escape from Paganism (26.1Mb)
  28. Bk. 2, Ch. 5 (cont.) (28Mb)
  29. Bk. 2, Ch. 6: The Five Deaths of the Faith (32.7Mb)

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