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This is a rebroadcast of Faith and Culture with Joseph Pearce from October 29, 2019.


Following John Henry Newman's canonization, Christopher Blum and Joseph Pearce consider whether that other great English apologist G. K. Chesterton should be considered a saint.

With commentary afterwards by Nancy Brown


Please request your prayer cards at https://www.chesterton.org/prayer/

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Podcast #124 Gilbert ages 50-60 The Years 1924-1934

 Chesterton Decade by Decade Series

In this decade, Chesterton started GK’s Weekly, the Everlasting Man is published. The Distributist League is born, Frances converts, they hire their last secretary, Dorothy Collins.

They travel to Poland and Rome and America/Canada, where Chesterton gives a series of classes at Notre Dame. They travel to Dublin and France. Gilbert becomes a regular on the BBC. He’s starting to spend more time sick than healthy. He writes St. Thomas Aquinas. His mother dies, he becomes a Knight. Hitler rises to power.

Sign up for our 60 days with GKC email series, you can get them daily or weekly, and this will help you dive deeper into Chesterton. chesterton.org

If you live near Dover New Hampshire, on November 22 and 23 there will be a new play, Gilbert’s Guide to Elfland Excursions: A Fairy Tale Stage Show, here is the description:

G.K. Chesterton plays host to three fairy tales: from France, Beauty and the Beast, from Sweden, The Werewolf, a Cinderella Story and from Scotland, Little Daylight. November 22 and 23rd at the Strand Theater, 10:30 am and 6:30 PM on the 22, and 1:30 matinee on the 23rd, tickets in advance or at the door. It will be a family friendly show. Weebsite is chestertonSP.com (Chesterton Stage Productions) by our very own Christopher Oulette, whom you’ve heard on occasion on this very show.

anyone interested in Chesterton’s war writing to know that there is a book called Chesterton on War and Peace which culls the war pieces from the ILN from 1905 till his death, so they’re all in one place for your reading pleasure.

Unfortunatly Chesterton on War and Peace is currently out of stock on the Chesterton.org website, but my second book site I go to, AbeBooks.com, which usually has a great selection of used books, does have it for only 9 or 10 bucks right now if you’re interested.

In addition, Collected Works volume 21 at the back has newspaper reports of some of Chesterton’s speeches, which is interesting reading.

If you enjoy these podcasts, know that I am a volunteer, and I donate the cost of storage for these podcasts which I consider a donation to the Society. I podcast because I love doing it and enjoy creating these shows. If you’d like to show your appreciation, please consider making a donation to the Chesterton Society by going to Chesterton.org/donate

Thank you

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In 1914 Chesterton is stricken by a mysterious illness that puts him in a weakened state and mostly in a coma for almost five months. When he reawakens, the world is still at war, and he begins writing about the war and in support of the war effort, and in criticism of the war too. His brother Cecil goes off to war, and unfortunately dies, crushing Gilbert.


Gilbert goes on lecture tours to Ireland, Jerusalem and then America, giving a huge number of speeches. His father dies, another blow for Gilbert. He finally decides to convert, even without Frances, proving, to Father O’Connor, that he was really doing God’s will. For the first time, the BBC broadcasts a speech Gilbert makes at a restaurant. His book St. Francis of Asissi is published to great acclaim and becomes a best seller. He begins publishing his own paper, G.K.’s Weekly, and we’ll talk more about that next time as we get into the Distributist League.


There were six works—one book and five pamphlets— specifically written as propaganda for the war and they are:


The Barbarism of Berlin (free on Project Gutenberg)

Prussian v. Belgian Culture (pamphlet)

Letters to an Old Garibaldian (CW 5)

The Crimes of England (CW 5) (book)

The Martyrdom of Belgium (pamphlet) 9 pages

How to Help Annexation (CW 5)


His volumes of ILN columns during the war years are in Collected Works Volume 30 which covers 1914-1916

Volume 31 covers 1917-1919

Wade Center: https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/academic-centers/wadecenter/



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Chesterton ages 30-40; 1904-1914--At 30 years of age, Chesterton’s popularity is growing by leaps and bounds. Suddenly, he’s in demand as a writer and a speaker. He meets Father O’Connor, the priest who’s the inspiration behind the Father Brown mysteries. Chesterton’s brother-in-law’s mental illness will affect this decade. Chesterton’s first novel, The Napolean of Notting Hill is published. His most respected work of literary criticism is published, his book on Charles Dickens, for which he is credited as creating a resurgence of interest in Dickens. His two books The Man Who Was Thursday and Orthodoxy are published, both well received. Orthodoxy will entice many an unsuspecting reader into the sunny country of Christianity.


His brother-in-law commits suicide, his wife has a nervous breakdown, and the Chestertons need a change of scenery and move 20 minutes outside of London to Beaconsfield. Chesterton and Shaw begin their great rivalry and friendship, the first Father Brown story is published. The Ballad of the White Horse is published, Lepanto is published, Chesterton’s great autobiographical novel Manalive is published. The Marconi Scandal happens, his first play Magic is performed. As the world hovers on the brink of war, Chesterton is forty years old, severely overweight, and he collapses into what will become a very long illness. And that, my friends, is a very busy ten years, and we can perhaps see why Chesterton was overworked and exhausted.


So next episode will pick up here, ages 40 to 50, the years 1914 to 1924. Until then, thanks for listening, and God bless you.


Gilbert and Frances Chesterton, pray for us!


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This episode responds to certain arguments put forth by Catholic podcasters Dr. Taylor Marshall and Timothy Gordon (“TnT”) along with their guest, Dr. Jay Richards of Catholic University, against the Distributist thesis. The arguments presented and responded to are taken as typical, in tone and substance, of many of the critiques Distributism receives from within the Catholic intellectual world by those committed to a different (namely, pro-Capitalist) interpretation of the Tradition and the Catholic Social Magisterium.

Specifically, the episode delves into how Distributists differ in their understanding of the rights associated with private property, pointing out that Distributists do not simply treat property ownership and use as coextensive or coterminous, but rather make important distinctions especially vis a vie certain particular questions such as the right of contract; the episode also treats of the fundamentals of the question of what role the State has in principle in assuring equitable distribution and achieving distributive justice. And we also discuss why the Wizard Saruman was not a Distributist. 

Show notes and references available at Joe Grabowski's web site joegrabowski.com/distributism

Please email Joe directly with questions or comments at jlg@joegrabowski.com



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Summary of today’s episode: Chesterton from age 20 to 30, Chesterton had a dark night of the soul, ending in a glorious vision of God where he talked to God face to face. His vision resulted in a new gratitude towards life, a sense of wonder and joy that would essentially never leave him again. He began his writing career, met the love of his life and married her, and began writing notable columns in the papers that made him a household name. He was commissioned to write a biography of Robert Browning (poet and playright, husband of Elizabeth Barret Browning) and then wrote a book on painter and sculptor G.F. Watts. He is a rising star in the firmament of London.

If you have questions or comments, write me at uncommonsensepodcast@gmail.com  Obviously, I’m skimming over and trying to pick highlights. There’s much, much more in the biographies about each stage of Chesterton’s life. I recommend reading a biography or two, I’ve used six biographies to write this, including:

Maisie Ward’s G.K. Chesterton and Return to Chesterton

Joseph Pearce’s book: Wisdom and Innocence.

Denis Conlon’s book: G.K. Chesterton: A Reappraisal

William Oddie’s book: Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy

Ian Ker’s book: G.K. Chesterton: A Biography


Fr. Ker’s talk in London: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chesterton-and-humour-a-talk-by-fr-ian-ker-tickets-69985936821


Instagram @chestertonsociety

Reddit  r/GKChesterton



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We follow Chesterton from grade school through high school, and the founding of the Junior Debating Club, which was to serve such an important role in his youth, to his college years when he became severely depressed.


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This series begins by taking Chesterton's life decade by decade to discover the highlights of his life.

This episode contains highlights from the first ten years of Chesterton's life.



Biographies used:

Maisie Wards G.K. Chesterton and Return to Chesterton

Joseph Pearce’s book: Wisdom and Innocence.

Denis Conlon’s book: G.K. Chesterton: A reappraisal

William Oddie’s book: Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy

Ian Ker’s book: G.K. Chesterton: A Biography

Free Course on St. Thomas Aquinas: https://aquinas101.thomisticinstitute.org

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Edward and Marie Louise Chesterton are important to understand as the parents of G.K. Chesterton. Their lives and the warm and loving household in which they brought up their children influenced GKC and so let's find out more about his parents.



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Conference highlights:

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Rod Dreher, Harry Potter Panel, Brandon Vogt's talk on Chesterton as Husband and Father. Legendary Afterglows. Meeting new friends. Book Signings. Used book sales. Kevin O'Brien's Adam and Even go to Marriage Counseling. Chuck Chalberg as GKC.

Audio and Video available at ncrsusa.com/conference/chesterton

Light Your Candle at chesterton.org/candles

Sign up for daily quotes at chesterton.org

September 9th, 2019 at 7PM CST will be the next Virtual Society Meeting with Dale Ahlquist, hosted by Brandon Vogt.

Next Conference in Chicago, July 30, 31 and August 1st, 2020

Instagram @chestertonsociety

Twitter @chestertsoc

Facebook @ChestertonSociety

Pinterest @SocietyofGKC




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From the Pints with Jack blog post:


It has been my desire for a while to introduce the listeners to other members of the Inklings, as well as authors who greatly influenced Lewis. Today we look at G.K. Chesterton and our special guest who will be introducing us to this great man is renowned Chesterton scholar and champion, Dale Ahlquist.


Show Notes


  • I explained my desire to introduce the listeners to the rest of the Inklings, as well as those other writings who made a profound influence on C.S. Lewis.


  • When our reading group was working through Surprised By Joy, Chesterton’s name appeared eleven times. Lewis read a collection of Chesterton’s essays and, although he was still an atheist, he immediately fell in love with Chesterton’s writings.


It was here that I first read a volume of Chesterton’s essays. I had never heard of him and had no idea of what he stood for; nor can I quite understand why he made such an immediate conquest of me… Liking an author may be as involuntary and improbable as falling in love. I was by now a sufficiently experienced reader to distinguish liking from agreement. I did not need to accept what Chesterton said in order to enjoy it. His humour was of the kind which I like best… Moreover, strange as it may seem, I liked him for his goodness…


In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading…


Then I read Chesterton’s Everlasting Man and for the first time saw the whole Christian outline of history set out in a form that seemed to me to make sense. Somehow I contrived not to be too badly shaken. You will remember that I already thought Chesterton the most sensible man alive “apart from his Christianity”.


C.S. Lewis, Surprised By Joy

  • I introduced Dale Ahlquist. He is a husband and father of six and one of the most respected Chesterton scholars in the world. He’s President of the American Chesterton Society and was the creator of the popular EWTN series The Apostle of Common Sense. He has also written and edited a number of books on Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, Common Sense 101, and more recently Knight of the Holy Ghost. He is also the co-founder of a classical high school in Minneapolis, The Chesterton Academy, and is the chairman of the Chesterton Schools Network.


Not only that, in 2013, he came and talked to the Chesterton class at Notre Dame on “Wonder and Gratitude”, and one of the students in the class that day was our very own Matt Bush.


  • The drink-of-the-week was a Newcastle Brown Ale, a drink I hoped Chesterton would appreciate. I asked Dale about Chesterton’s favourite beverages. He said that Chesterton preferred red wine, particularly Claret/Bordeaux, which he would drink out of a tumbler. He said that he also enjoyed beer when he was very thirsty on a hot day. He didn’t like cocktails at all, saying “I have no objection to vodka expect that I once tasted it”.


The quote-of-the-week was from Chesterton himself:


Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable…. Never drink because you need it, for this is rational drinking, and the way to death and hell. But drink because you do not need it, for this is irrational drinking, and the ancient health of the world


Heretics, G.K. Chesterton

  • Dale spoke about how C.S. Lewis was his path into discovering Chesterton. He was reading Mere Christianity during College and working for his brother-in-law, the Christian recording artist, Larry Norman. Larry said that, if he loved Lewis, he’d love Chesterton and even uttered the blasphemy that, if you read Chesterton, you don’t need to read Lewis!


Later, Dale would encounter Lewis’ recommendation of Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man in one of the letters published in A Severe Mercy. He eventually read it on his honeymoon, prompting his wife to comment that Dale has been married to Chesterton as long as he has been married to her!


  • Dale shared his favourite Chesterton aphorisms:


The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.


Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction; for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.


Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.


G.K. Chesterton

  • We heard a short biography of Chesterton. He was not an Inkling and, being twenty-five years older than Jack, never even met him. He was a journalist, a prolific writer and, like Lewis, covered a large number of genres.


  • He was raised in a non-creedal faith, similar to Unitarian. He began exploring Spiritualism, but had a traumatic experience with something very evil and was near to the point of suicide, but saved by clinging to the basic idea that existence is better than non-existence. This, and the criticisms of the Faith, eventually lead him to Christianity. This story is found in his book Orthodoxy.


  • I mentioned that I gave my girlfriend a copy of The Woman Who Was Chestertonand she loved it. Dale spoke about how he fell in love with her and how devoted they were to each other and how she looked after him. He even once sent her a telegram which read:


Am in Market Harborough. Where ought I to be?


Telegram from G.K. Chesterton to his wife, Frances

They couldn’t have children, but they filled their lives with other people’s children instead.


  • Chesterton wrote about a hundred books. Among these, Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man were probably two of his most philosophical and apologetic works. He wrote biographies of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis of Assisi. He wrote books on Literary Criticism, particular his work on Charles Dickens. Since he travelled so much, he wrote several travel books, as well as books on economics such as The Outline of Sanity. Several novels are in his corpus, such as The Man Who Was Thursday and the Father Brown mysteries.


  • I asked about Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man, since it had such an effect on Lewis.


  • Given his massive literary output and his popularity at the time, how is it that Chesterton is unknown to so many? Dale suggested that Wold War II broke the century in half. Also, Chesterton’s style and massive range of writings ironically had something to do with it. He was also kept in the public consciousness because he had regular newspaper columns.


  • Many people struggle with reading Chesterton, so what is the best way to go about it? Dale shamelessly promoted his own books, The Apostle of Common Sense and Common Sense 101. He also recommended the essay collection In Defense of Sanity. The Father Brown stories were my own way into Chesterton. At some point, though, you have to read Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man.


  • Our San Diego C.S. Lewis reading book will be taking a brief break from Lewis and will be talking Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, so I asked for some tips in reading it. I was reassured that we may struggle, but that’s okay. Dale recommended emailing the Chesterton Society to ask for a study guide to help track Chesterton’s arguments.


  • Marie had asked me to find out which biography would give the reader the best sense of the kind of man Chesterton was. Dale recommended his own book, Knight of the Holy Ghost, since that was the central purpose of the book. He really likes the biography Wisdom and Innocence, written by Joseph Pearce, a former guest on this podcast. He said that the authoritative biography is Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward, but he said that Chesterton’s personality come through more clearly in her sequel, Return to Chesterton, as it contains many more anecdotes about the man.


  • A listener, Vincent, asked about the cause for Chesterton’s canonisation. Recently in the News, Bishop Peter Doyle of the Diocese of Northampton, where Chesterton lived and died announced that after a lengthy investigation, that he has decided not to open the cause of canonisation. He offered three reasons. Firstly, he said that there was no local devotion to Chesterton (in Catholic terminology, this is called a “cult”, but don’t worry, it’s not the scary kind). Secondly, he said that he couldn’t “to tease out a pattern of personal spirituality”. Lastly, he said that there was “the issue of anti-Semitism” in Chesterton’s writings. I asked Dale to respond to this and he explained the position of the Chesterton Society.


  • I had heard that Chesterton inspired Michael Collins and Mohandas Gandhi in their respective missions to gain independence for their respective countries of Ireland and India. Dale confirmed this. Collins read The Napoleon of Notting Hilland The Man Who Was Thursday. Gandhi was inspired in his quest by an essay in The Illustrated London News.


  • I asked about the work of the The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton. Dale spoke about their publication, Gilbert, their work in education, as well as the cause for Chesterton’s canonisation.


  • We’re going to be giving away a copy of Knight of the Holy Ghost, you just have to post a Chesterton quotation on Social Media and tag @pintswithjack.
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Dale talks about his new book, Knight of the Holy Ghost, plus the sainthood cause, plus much, much more!

Dale Ahlquist was a guest on the Coffee and Donuts show with John and Mary on March 16, 2019


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The Chesterton Academy of Dixon, CA. Interviewed by the Bishop, find out more about the new high school in Dixon, CA and how to send your child to school there, or support the school.

Attend the wine tasting coming up on April 27th, the guest speaker at the event is Father Joseph Fessio, founder of Ignatius Press.

Chesterton Academy and the Chesterton Schools Network are projects of the Society of G.K. Chesterton.



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Hands on Apologetics with Gary Machuda, guest Dale Ahlquist on March 12, 2019 talking about G.K. Chesterton as apologist.



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Fr. McTeigue's Show Resources:


Joseph Grabowski is a resident of Philadelphia. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (2007) and an M.A. in English from Marquette University (2012). For several years, Joe has worked as the Director of Communications for the National Organization for Marriage. More recently, Joe became Executive Director of the International Organization for the Family and the World Congress of Families. He has appeared as an expert on traditional marriage and family in local and nationwide media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Breitbart, and elsewhere. Avocationally, Joe serves as President of the  Southeast Pennsylvania Chesterton Society. As a scholar and activist, Joe's writngs on traditional marriage and family, as well as on Catholic Social Teaching and the writings of Chesterton and Belloc, have appeared in The Stream, Gilbert Magazine, Ethika Politika, and The Distributist Review.

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In the wake of the 91st Academy Awards, Taylor wanted to give out his own awards. Shaun McAfee co-hosts and the guys talk movies & the Forte Five segment is back as Taylor counts down his favorite movies of the year. Then it gets really interesting as we make up new categories for Scripture to receive some of the awards.

Our guest this week is acclaimed G.K. Chesterton mind, Dale Ahlquist. We get to know Chesterton, his conversion story and how he has helped others do the same. How is Chesterton the "prince of paradox" and the "apostle of common sense? Will he become a saint? Tune in to find out!
For more on Chesterton, check out Dale’s new book “Knight of the Holy Ghost.”

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Nancy talks about how she came to adapt the Father Brown stories so younger people could enjoy them, and get a good impression of G.K. Chesterton so that later on, when they need philosophy and theology from the Apostle of Common Sense, they will remember the good mysteries and learn from him.



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Gender Fluidity and Other Heresies is the title of David van Gend's talk given at the Australian Chesterton Society conference on October 20, 2018 at Campion College in Sydney, Australia.

David is a medical GP in Toowoomba, married with three adult sons. For six months, he actually lived on Grove Road in Beaconsfield, five doors down from Top Meadow, the Chesterton's old home. He's pro-life, and pro-family, using his Chestertonian common sense to battle today's heresies.



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Sophie York gives a talk on the family in Australia today, and Chesterton's thoughts on the subject.

Sophie is a wife and mother of four sons, a lawyer and teacher. She is the national spokeswoman for Marriage Alliance in Australia.



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Karl Schmude, President of the Australian Chesterton Society, speaks on Chesterton at the Conference in Sydney October 2018



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Nancy Brown gives the Australian Chesterton Society an introductory talk on Frances Chesterton, wife of G.K. Chesterton.



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Nancy talks about the November/December 2018 issue of Gilbert! Magazine.



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Nancy reviews the history of the American Chesterton Society from 1996 till now, covering the beginnings of the organization, Gilbert magazine, creating a national conference, the Apostle of Common Sense series on EWTN and more.



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Nancy talks about her attendance at the Board meeting of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton. The Mission and Vision of the Society, and update on the podcast and the CDL, and a new initiative called the Frances Chesterton Rosary League.



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Nancy talks about the new website for the Apostolate of Common Sense, with a new logo and name, The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, still at chesterton.org

Membership has never been more attractive with a new members only area with access to back issues of Gilbert Magazine, plus access to MP3 downloads from conferences, 20% discount on most store items, and more--join today!

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Nancy Brown was invited to speak at the Australian Chesterton Society at their annual conference in October, 2018. Nancy talks about her trip to Australia and the conference and talks she gave.



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Learn more about the new Apostolate of Common Sense, the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

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Nancy talks about the conference, the new Apostolate, the contests, gives a CDL update and more!


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Brandon Vogt interview, where he talks about Word on Fire, his conversion, and G.K. Chesterton

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Canon John Udris updates us on the state of the Cause for Canonization for Gilbert Keith Chesterton.



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Nancy Brown talks to Dale Ahlquist, Emily de Rotstein, and Rose Korman about the upcoming conference, and what's new, what's old, and why everyone should come this year.


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Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society, is interviewed on the Drew Mariani show from 6/8/18 Interviewed by Callie for Drew.

He speaks on Chesterton Academy, a classical education school model named after complete thinker G.K. Chesterton, that's taking off around the country.

He speaks on the Chesterton Conference, coming soon on August 2-4, 2018 in Orlando, Florida, a joy-filled conference sure to be the highlight of the summer!

He speaks on the update of the Cause for sainthood for G.K. Chesterton that's gaining momentum.


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Nancy Brown offers an update on Chesterton conferences around the world, plus more information about the 2018 Conference being held in Orlando, FL on August 2-4, 2018

Speakers from the conference join Nancy and introduce us to what they will be talking about in August.

An update from Canon John Udris is provided. Canon Udris gave a talk in London today, June 14, 2018 about the investigation into Chesterton's cause.



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Nancy talks about her trip to Louisiana for the Ponchatoula Chesterton Conference.

Nancy interviews Bill Morgan about the upcoming Orlando conference. chesterton.org

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What is Distributism Part Two - B with Joe Grabowski.
In this episode, Joe will help us understand Chesterton and Bellocs critiques of both capitalism and socialism, and introduce us to another figure, Father Vincent McNabb. What are the central ideas of distributism?

Please read online or download this free PDF that goes along with the podcast, and follow the links to read more about this topic.


To contact Joe Grabowski for quiestions, comments, or discussions, please write fill out the contact form on Joe's website (Joegrabowski.com) or write JLG@joegrabowski.com

Thank you for listening!



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Relevant Radio show the Drew Mariani show, with Ed Morrisey substituting for Drew and interviewing Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society for one hour.



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What is Distributism Part Two - A with Joe Grabowski.
In this episode, Joe will help us understand who were the chief writers and thinkers of Catholic Social Teaching and lay the groundwork for us to discuss the chief thinkers regarding distributism.

Please read online or download this free PDF that goes along with the podcast, and follow the links to read more about this topic.


To contact Joe Grabowski for quiestions, comments, or discussions, please write fill out the contact form on Joe's website (Joegrabowski.com) or write JLG@joegrabowski.com

Thank you for listening!


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Nancy Brown talks about the upcoming conference in New Orleans, in Orlando and in Sydney. 

ACS books has a new book called The Scrappy Apologist that everyone should check out.

Hollywood is making a documentary on G.K. Chesterton! Caught your attention, didn't I?

chesterton.org Join Today!

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In this episode of Uncommon Sense, a new series is started all about Distributism. Our guest host is Joe Grabowski, head of the Philadelphia Chesterton Society and someone who has studied a great deal about Distributism.

This begins a four-part series on the subject. The first is this.

The History of Distributism
Where does it come from?
What is its pedigree as a philosophy?
What are the movements and ideas to which it was responding in history?

Books recommended in this episode:
Catholicism, Protestantism, and Capitalism by Amintore Fanfani https://www.amazon.com/Capitalism-Protestantism-Catholicism-Campanini-Amintore/dp/B00866G18A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1512080607&sr=8-2&keywords=catholicism+protestantism+and+capitalism

American Chesterton Society titles about Distributism: https://www.chesterton.org/product-category/books/on-distributism/

For more Joe Grabowski, see his talk on Evelyn Waugh here: https://www.chesterton.org/shop/chesterton-evelyn-waugh/

Hillaire Belloc, the Cruise of the Nona: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hill+air+belloc+nona&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ahill+air+belloc+nona

Read Rerum Novarum here: http://w2.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_15051891_rerum-novarum.html


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Nancy talks about the ACS conference 2018 in Orlando, CDL, Chesterton Academies, and a new series starting on Distributism.

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Dale Ahlquist is asked about the conference coming July 27-29th, 2017 by Bishop Sheridan of Colorado Springs. They talk about Chesterton, his relevance, the Chesterton Academy and where you can get more information about The American Chesterton Society.



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Dale Ahlquist was interviewed about Distributism on Relevant Radio on the Drew Mariani Show (although Drew was out of town, and Dale was interviewed by Ed Morrissey).



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Dale Ahlquist was interviewed about Distributism on Relevant Radio on the Drew Mariani Show (although Drew was out of town, and Dale was interviewed by Ed Morrissey).



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Alyssa Bormes of Radio Maria and her show on Christian Witnesses interviews Dale Ahlquist on the Christmas poetry of Gilbert K. Chesterton, including the poetry of Frances Chesterton, G.K. Chesterton's wife. This beautiful and moving meditation and insightful discussion will touch the hearts of all who listen.



Rebroadcast with permission.

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Radio Maria with Christian Witnesses in the Church with Alyssa Bormes. Alyssa interviews Nancy Brown about her book The Woman Who Was Chesterton.



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Alyssa Bormes interviews Laura Ahlquist, wife of The American Chesterton Society President Dale Ahlquist. Laura Ahlquist teaches drama at Chesterton Academy in Edina, Minnesota.




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This episode is a re-recording from Spirit Radio the Bruce and Jen show.

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Nancy talks about the Inner Circle of the Entire Chesterton operation, the 2016 conference, and skeletons and bull dogs.


Bishop Barron's series Pivotal Players, including an episode on Chesterton:


Charlotte Osterman's books and resources are at http://catholiccreative.org

Marcus Grodi's book Life from our Land can be found http://www.chesterton.org/shop/life-from-our-land/



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A Seeking Heart Program on Bread Box Media, with interviewer Allison Gingras @reconciledtoyou. http://breadboxmedia.podbean.com/e/a-seeking-heart-featuring-dale-ahlquist-5616-w-reconciledtoyou/ The book is Way of Wonder: Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton now

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Nancy talks to author Dawn Eden about her new book, Remembering God's Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories; published by Ave Maria Press. This book can be ordered from your favorite on line book retailer or order an autographed copy dawneden.blogspot.com



The essay mentioned in the podcast is from The Uses of Diversity, by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1920.



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This debate was sponsored by the Acton Institute, please see http://www.acton.org

The debate took place live on Feb. 18, 2016


On February 18th, the Acton Institute was pleased to welcome Jay Richards and Joseph Pearce to our Mark Murray Auditorium for an exchange on two distinct ideas on economics: Distributism vs. Free Markets. The gentleman’s debate was moderated by Acton Institute President Rev. Robert A. Sirico.

Joseph Pearce, writer in residence at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, and Director of the college’s Center for Faith and Culture, argued in favor of distributism; Jay Richards, Assistant Research Professor School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and Executive Editor of The Stream, defended free markets. It was a lively exchange, and we’re pleased to present the video of the event linked above.

Nancy talks about the 2016 Conference, and her new book.

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Feb 3, 2016 Nancy talks about some of the latest Chestertonian news, some behind-the-scenes extras, and God playing hide-and-seek with us.


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Nancy talks about the conference of 2016 in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, the March 5th conference in Ponchatoula, LA. She talks about the Chesterton Academy Gala on January 29th, with guest rock star, er, Chestertonian Scholar Aidan Mackey, and invites you to the Twin Cities Local Chesterton Society meeting on January 26, Tuesday, where Aidan will also guest speak. Go on a cruise with Dale Ahlquist, see the back of the last Gilbert Magazine and sign up today. The cruise is around July 2nd and takes you to the coast of England.

Nancy asks you to please review her book or like the review or give it stars at: chesterton.org, Tanbooks.com, goodreads, or amazon.

The Woman Who Was Chesterton would make a great Christmas gift for yourself, your wife, your daughter, your mother, sister or girlfriend.

Anna Hagen harpist has a new Christmas album, buy it.

Riddles and Creeds by the Nicole Ensing Band has great Chesterton music. 

One Bread is the name of the album which has the beautiful version of How Far Is It to Bethlehem which you hear at the end of this podcast.

Please support the American Chesterton Society by donating at chesterton.org today.

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This is an interview with Nancy Brown. Fountains of Carrots is the podcast of Haley Stewart and Christy Isinger.

In this episode we had the pleasure of interviewing the wonderful Nancy C. Brown about one of our favorite topics: the Harry Potter series. Nancy is the author of The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide and The Woman Who Was Chesterton (about G.K. Chesterton’s wife Frances).

We had a nerdfest sharing about our love for the books. We discussed how they can be positive for both the moral imagination of the child and for family bonding and we examined some of the Catholic themes in the series. We also went into some of the concerns parents have about the series.

If you haven’t read the Potter books and aren’t sure if you want to share them with your children, I highly recommend reading Nancy’s book. She covers every concern I’ve seen raised about the books, so definitely start there to discern whether they’re right for your family!

Christy Isinger is the voice behind Fountains of Home. She’s a cradle Catholic who homeschools many small children in the frozen tundra of Alberta. Likes: Tequila, G.K. Chesterton, Flannery O’Connor, Agatha Christie, and the occasional online shopping purchase. Dislikes: slow internet and getting everyone dressed to play in the snow. You can find her at her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Haley Stewart is a writer, speaker, blogger, Catholic convert, and mama of three. She’s a bookish southern girl with a love for BBC miniseries, Jane Austen, and bright red lipstick. With her bearded husband, Daniel, she co-authored Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year. You can find her on her personal blog Carrots for Michaelmas or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.


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Radio Maria presents Catholic Kaleidoscope with your host Alyssa Bormes, who on October 4, interviewed Nancy Brown about her new book about Frances Chesterton, G.K. Chesterton's wife.




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Christopher Oulette is hosting a podcast called Beware Of Monsters. He interviewed Doug Tenaple and they talked about Chesterton

Here is the Chesterton Chunk.
Here is a link to Doug's work http://goo.gl/oCfx5J
and this is a link to the other podcast http://feeds.feedburner.com/BewareOfMonstersPodcast

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Nancy Carpentier Brown reads from her adaptation of G.K. Chesterton's book, called The Absence of Mr. Glass.

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Nancy Carpentier Brown reads from her adaptation of G.K. Chesterton's book, called The Flying Stars.

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Nancy Carpentier Brown reads from her adaptation of G.K. Chesterton's book, originally called "The Queer Feet"—here called The Strange Feet.

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Nancy Carpentier Brown reads from her adaptation of G.K. Chesterton's book The Blue Cross.

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Nancy talks post-conference. She interviews editor and writer Michael Lichens.


Michael's writing can be found at Catholic World Report here: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/3728/chesterton_the_poet.aspx


Another interview with Michael at Fountains of Carrots: http://fountainsofcarrots.com/foc-019-why-we-love-g-k-chesterton-with-michael-lichens/


Michael Lichens' blog Catholic Coffee Drinkers: https://coffeecatholic.wordpress.com


Michael at Catholic Exchange: http://catholicexchange.com/author/thelichens


Michael on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mlichens?fref=ts


Catholic Exchange podcast: http://catholicexchange.com/podcast


St. Austin Review: http://staustinreview.org

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Nancy updates about the Conference.



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Nancy talks about the first day of the conference, and updates us on Chesterton's cause.

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The Way of the Lamb by John Saward



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Live from the Chesterton Conference in San Antonio, TX.



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Nancy talks about the podcast, Christopher Oullette contributes a segment about amazing coincidences, and what happens when our friends like the same stuff we do (contact Christopher at chestertonsp@gmail.com) and the upcoming conference.



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Dawn Eden can be found at dawneden.blogspot.com, her blog is called the Dawn Patrol.


The Radio Ulster incident can be found here: http://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2015/6/15/bbc-confused-about-the-difference-between-a-bishop-and-a-book-writer


Fire from heaven Bible Verse: http://biblehub.com/luke/9-54.htm


“A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” GKC







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Join Michael J. Lichens as he sits down with Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society as well as the host of EWTN’s The Apostle of Common Sense. Michael and Dale discuss Chesterton, the upcoming Chesterton Conference, and the impact that GK Chesterton has had on Michael Collins, Gandhi, world leaders, and our own world. There will be lots of laughter and wisdom ahead!


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What a joy to have had Dale Ahlquist join us again! Dale is the president of the American Chesterton Society, Host of EWTN’s Apostle of Common Sense, co-founder of the Chesterton Academy, author, and scholar of G.K. Chesterton. Today was a good day to speak about conversions to the Catholic Church – and so we spoke about Chesterton’s conversion, and then those of Dale, and 400 plus others. In addition, Chesterton has been an influence in very many vocations to the religious life. And speaking about religious life – why not talk about Chesterton and the Popes! And, because Chesterton was such a big man – we covered many other things. After listening, you can find out more about Dale Ahlquist and G.K. Chesterton at chesterton.org.

Radio Maria link: http://radiomaria.us/catholickaleidoscope/

This interview link: http://radiomaria.us/may-24-2015/


Thank you Radio Maria!

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Nancy Brown talks about the Avengers again, this time with audio feedback from Christopher Oulette. Nancy mentions a movie called "Arts and Crafts" and "Big Eyes" was also mentioned.


Reach Nancy at nancy@chesterton.org

Find out more about Chesterton at Chesterton.org

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Nancy talks about The Surprise, Chesterton's occassionally frustrating ability to take you on a train ride and not tell you where you're going, and the newest Avengers movie, Age of Ultron.

Visit chesterton.org today and become a member.

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Christopher Oulette discusses Joy Electric's song Ushering in the Magical Era, hear the song:

Joy Electric http://goo.gl/xim7mp


Email Christopher at: chestertonsp@gmail.com



Nancy talks about people who don't get Chesterton.


Nancy asks if anyone knows anyone who could be the Headmaster of the Chesterton Academy of Chicago.


Also still looking for a donation of an iPad.


Announces the 2016 conference will be in Pittsburg, and that there will be a conference in Toronto in 2016.


Email Nancy at nancy@chesterton.org


Closing track: Cimorelli, see http://www.cimorellimusic.com


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Nancy Brown talks about lent, Holy Week, Easter and more.


Guest Christopher Oulette talks about GKC's play called Magic, and compares it to Kronos, by Jeremy Robbins, which you can find here: Kronos http://goo.gl/gF8jKU


Thanks for harp music, Anna Hagen http://annahagenharpist.com/wp/





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This interview originally braodcast from Living Bread Radio. Please check out all their audio archives here: 



Nancy Brown's interview is found here:




Thank you, Melinda Knight and Lifeline.

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Nancy Brown talks with Richard Aleman, Executive Director of the American Chesterton Society about the Conference in August, August 6-8, 2015 at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, TX

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Talk given by Nancy Brown at St. Agnes parish in St. Paul on March 6, 2015

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Nancy Brown gets you caught up on the American Chesterton Society news, conference info, and request for a donation.



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Harp Music courtesy of Anna Hagen. With grateful thanks. Please visit http://www.annahagenharpist.com/wp/


To check out the cool hotel where the next conference will be, look here:



Please visit chesterton.org and consider how you can support the work of the American Chesterton Society. Thank you.


The image on the front cover is the Mii Nancy uses when she does Wii Fit--just one of the ways she's been losing weight.

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Anna Hagen, harpist who shared her talents with us at the 2014 Chesterton Conference, plays music for us on this episode of Uncommon Sense. You can find her music here: please share and enjoy!


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Nancy rambles about the American Chesterton Society, and newcomer Christopher Oullette auditions for a spot on the show.

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Is the American Chesterton Society turning away new people because they keep talking about Chesterton's Catholic faith? His conversion? His religion?

Maybe we'd have more interested people if we'd just keep Chesterton's faith quiet.

Will Chesterton's canonization narrow him into a small little Catholic readership? Will he be narrowed? Can he be narrowed?


Nancy Brown discusses these any other questions in this episode of Uncommon Sense.

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Nancy Brown talks about the conference, the fun, the speakers, and invites you to come to San Antonio next year for the BEST CONFERENCE IN THE WORLD!

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Dale Ahlquist speaks with Theresa Tomeo about the upcoming Call to Holiness conference on September 12 & 13th 2014 in Sterling Heights, MI


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St. Joseph Communications recorded this talk, and grants permission to re-broadcast.

Thanks to St. Joseph Communications for their generosity to the American Chesterton Society.


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St. Joseph Communications recorded this talk, and grants permission to re-broadcast.


Thanks to St. Joseph Communications for their generosity to the American Chesterton Society.



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Nancy Brown talks about the upcoming conference and the latest Gilbert Magazine.

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Peggy Stanton interviewed Dale Ahlquist on Ave Maria Radio on 7/26/14.




Permission to rebraodcast given.

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Nancy Brown interviews President Dale Ahlquist and they talk about why you should register and come to the Conference. This year, the conference is in Chicago at Mundelein Seminary July 31, August 1 & 2, 2014.

Register today at chesterton.org!

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Canon John Udris is the investigator chosen by Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, UK, to determine whether or not there is reason to believe that a Cause should be opened for G.K. Chesterton, and his wife, Frances.

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Teresa Caldecott gives us her father Stratford Caldecott's talk on Chesterton and Sanctity.

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Dr. Dermot Quinn talks about Wholeness and Holiness of G.K. Chesterton

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Fr. Jerome is the director of the G.K. Chesterton Study Centre and Library in Oxford. The study centre is open by appointment at this time, but Fr. Jerome welcomes all who want to learn more about Chesterton.

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Emma Wilson is looking for any and all letters of Chesterton to compile for the first time and be published. She asks for our help.

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Dr. Marco Sermarini talks about how he first encountered Chesterton, and how his aim is to spread Chesterton to as many Italians as possible. He is the President of the Italian Chesterton Society, and started a secondary school called Chesterton Academy in Italy.

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Martine Thompson spoke at the Chesterton Conference in Beaconsfield on March 29, 2014.

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