Uncommon Sense
The Podcast of the Society of GKC, where we talk about everything, and everything else, with a Chestertonian perspective. The podcast is hosted by Adrian Ahlquist. Want to give us feedback? Email podcast@chesterton.com

This week we discuss the connection between theater and the Catholic faith with Kevin O'Brien. Kevin is a brilliant actor, writer, and Chestertonian. He is also a Catholic convert whose story is featured in My Name is Lazarus, available on our website.

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In this episode we get into what is needed to implement Ditributism and combat Globalism. Joseph Grabowski is the head of of the Southeast Pennsylvania Chesterton Society and also a prominent voice on the topic of Distributism.

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Brother Titus, a Chesterton alumni and good friend of Adrian Ahlquist, is visiting us from St. Michael's Abbey in Orange County, California. In this episode, he describes what it is like to be a Norbertine.

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Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt are the hosts of The Online Great Books Podcast. Listen to our conversation about the problems with our political and economic systems and how to fix them.

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Amy Hunt is the Director of Formation for our Chesterton Schools Network. Amy served in the US Navy for over 24 years. She has directed military planning and operational training for the Navy SEALs, and has even served as the Commanding Officer of a Navy and Marine Corps Reserve installation. Listen to why she decided to retire from the Navy and help us deliver a classical education to our Society.


Stuart Kolner explains how he went from being a scientistic atheist, who swore he would never become Catholic, to being a devout Catholic. Just like Brandon Vogt and Brent Forrest, Stuart is both a board member for the Society of GKC and a convert whose story is featured in My Name is Lazarus.

Direct download: From_Scientism_to_Catholicism.mp3
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Actor/singer/songwriter Jeromy Darling shares how the deeply Catholic art of theater has impacted his life and faith.

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Jeromy Darling is an amazing actor/singer/songwriter. Listen to his moving story about his life and his conversion to Catholicism.

Direct download: The_Actor_and_the_Convert_-_Jeromy_Darling.mp3
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Brent Forrest is a former professional magician, and has performed thousands at thousands of shows. One time he even drove a car blindfolded. In this episode, he reveals the magic that led to his conversion.

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Brandon Vogt is back to discuss how young people in our culture can connect with G.K. Chesterton.

Direct download: How_Millenials_and_Gen_Z_Can_Relate_to_Chesterton.mp3
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Our special guest, Brandon Vogt, lends his expertise on how to talk about the Catholic Faith in our modern culture. Next week, Brandon will be back to discuss how millennials and gen z can relate to G.K. Chesterton.

Direct download: How_to_Defend_Our_Faith_in_Todays_World.mp3
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Adrian grills Dale Ahlquist with tough questions about Chesterton.

Send in your questions to podcast@chesterton.org

Don't miss next week's interview with Brandon Vogt!

Direct download: Grilling_Dr._Ahlquist.mp3
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Dale and Adrian discuss what Chesterton had to say about fathers, fatherhood and the role of the father in society.

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Dale discusses the value of hope during our desperate times.

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Matt Martinusen interviews our new Director of Evangelization, Adrian Ahlquist.

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A conversation with Dale Ahlquist and his son, Adrian, about Chesterton's wisdom for our times.

Read Dale's article, The Solution, which was published in The Catholic World Report.


This is a rebroadcast of a talk from Nancy Brown from the 2014 Chesterton Conference.

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Nancy Brown joins to talk about what the Chestertons might be doing in a quarantine pandemic and things that we can be doing with our time!

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Books Nancy mentions: 

The Woman Who Was Chesterton  by Nancy Brown

G.K. Chesterton: A Biography by Ian Ker

Direct download: Nancy_Pandemic.mp3
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Dale recites poetry by Chesterton and it the poetry is amazing.

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The poem's read in the podcast:

Elegy in a Country Churchyard
By G.K. Chesterton

The men that worked for England
They have their graves at home;
And bees and birds of England
About the cross can roam.

By they that fought for England,
Following a falling star,
Alas, alas for England
They have their graves afar.

And they that rule in England,
In stately conclave met,
Alas, alas for England
They have no graves as yet.

 

The Happy Man
By G.K. Chesterton

To teach the grey earth like a child,
To bid the heavens repent,
I only ask from Fate the gift
Of one man well content.

Him will I find: though when in vain
I search the feast and mart,
The fading flowers of liberty,
The painted masks of art,

I only find him at the last,
On one old hill where nod
Golgotha's ghastly trinity –
Three persons and one god.

 

A Chord Of Colour
By G.K. Chesterton

My Lady clad herself in grey,
That caught and clung about her throat;
Then all the long grey winter day
On me a living splendour smote;
And why grey palmers holy are,
And why grey minsters great in story,
And grey skies ring the morning star,
And grey hairs are a crown of glory.

My Lady clad herself in green,
Like meadows where the wind-waves pass;
Then round my spirit spread, I ween,
A splendour of forgotten grass.
Then all that dropped of stem or sod,
Hoarded as emeralds might be,
I bowed to every bush, and trod
Amid the live grass fearfully.

My Lady clad herself in blue,
Then on me, like the seer long gone,
The likeness of a sapphire grew,
The throne of him that sat thereon.
Then knew I why the Fashioner
Splashed reckless blue on sky and sea;
And ere 'twas good enough for her,
He tried it on Eternity.

Beneath the gnarled old Knowledge-tree
Sat, like an owl, the evil sage:
'The World's a bubble,' solemnly
He read, and turned a second page.
'A bubble, then, old crow,' I cried,
'God keep you in your weary wit!
'A bubble - Have you ever spied
The colours I have seen on it ?'

 

Fantasia
By G.K. Chesterton

The happy men that lose their heads
They find their heads in heaven
As cherub heads with cherub wings,
And cherub haloes even:
Out of the infinite evening lands
Along the sunset sea,
Leaving the purple fields behind,
The cherub wings beat down the wind
Back to the groping body and blind
As the bird back to the tree.

Whether the plumes be passion-red
For him that truly dies
By headsman's blade or battle-axe,
Or blue like butterflies,
For him that lost it in a lane
In April's fits and starts,
His folly is forgiven then:
But higher, and far beyond our ken,
Is the healing of the unhappy men,
The men that lost their hearts.

Is there not pardon for the brave
And broad release above,
Who lost their heads for liberty
Or lost their hearts for love?
Or is the wise man wise indeed
Whom larger thoughts keep whole?
Who sees life equal like a chart,
Made strong to play the saner part,
And keep his head and keep his heart,
And only lose his soul.

Direct download: Poetry.mp3
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Dale and Matt discuss an article: Common Sense Apostle & Cigar Smoking Mystic

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Direct download: Faith_and_Family_.mp3
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Dale and Matt go back and forth with more Great, Knowledgable Chesterton quotes.

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Dale Ahlquist talks about what GK Chesterton wrote about Easter and the Resurrection  of Christ. 

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Direct download: Easter_2.mp3
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Brandon Vogt gives a talk from the 2018 Chesterton Conference on 5 things Chesterton would have loved about the internet, and 5 things he would have despised about the internet.

Tell us your favorite part about this episode! Send us an email at live@chesterton.org or comment on our post on Instagram @chestertonsociety. 

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Direct download: Chesterton_and_the_Internet.mp3
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The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton presents: Uncommon Sense

In this episode, Dale Ahlquist and Matt Martinusen discuss the many, many, many prophecies the Chesterton wrote about and that came true!

Read more Chesterton! And you can do that here: chesterton.org

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Direct download: Episode_4_-_Prophecies_of_Chesterton.mp3
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Read more Chesterton!

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Read more Chesterton! 

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Learn more about Chesterton at chesterton.org

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The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton presents: Uncommon Sense

In this episode, Dale Ahlquist and Matt Martinusen talk about some of Chesterton's most famous quotes and some of their own favorite quotes. 

We also debunk quotes that are attributed to GK...but he never said them!

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Direct download: Episode_3_-_Quotes_of_Chesterton.mp3
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The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton presents: Uncommon Sense

In this episode, Dale Ahlquist and Matt Martinusen discuss why anyone should read Chesterton.

Dale's article on "Who is Chesterton?" referenced in the episode. Click here!

Introductory books to Chesterton by Dale:

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Direct download: Episode_2_-_Why_Should_We_Read_Chesterton.mp3
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The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton presents: Uncommon Sense

In this episode, Dale Ahlquist and Matt Martinusen give a brief, and a bit odd introduction to the new format of the podcast. 

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Direct download: Episode_1_-_An_Introduction.mp3
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Rebroadcast of a conversation with Dale Ahlquist.

A great conversation which is fun to listen to.

Originally located here: https://magnusinstitute.org/ep-014-the-scandal-of-the-uneducated-college-graduate-with-dale-ahlquist/

You are invited to eavesdrop on a conversation over the tasting of fine wine with renowned author, television host, and President of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Dale Ahlquist. Here we discuss the scandal of the uneducated college graduate, the problem with modern education – and the solutions.What Chesterton called the “commodification of the student” meets its unhappy death at the Albertus Magnus Institute and the Magnus Fellowship.

Apply today at MagnusInstitute.org/Fellowship. It is completely free.

And you can be too. No catch.And for the kids, learn more about the Chesterton Academy here. https://chestertonschoolsnetwork.org/

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Dale Ahlquist introduces the listener to Chesterton's early work, published in 1905, which established Chesterton as a controversialist. Written before his great work Orthodoxy (which will be published in 1908) and really it was because of this book that Orthodoxy was written, so it is important.

chesterton.org

https://www.chesterton.org/shop/heretics/

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Dale Ahlquist, Chesterton scholar and world expert, gives us a brief introductory talk on the British Author G.K. Chesterton. This talk is for beginners or for those more familiar with Chesterton.

An excellent way to familiarize or re-familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of Chesterton's life.

chesterton.org

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Spend five minutes a day in prayer, contemplating the goodness of Gilbert Chesterton and his devoted wife Frances. This couple is a model of love, and demonstrate the fruitfulness of Christian marriage. Pray with us that if it be God's will, this holy couple's sanctity will be recognized.

chesterton.org

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Spend five minutes a day in prayer, contemplating the goodness of Gilbert Chesterton and his devoted wife Frances. This couple is a model of love, and demonstrate the fruitfulness of Christian marriage. Pray with us that if it be God's will, this holy couple's sanctity will be recognized.

chesterton.org

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Spend five minutes a day in prayer, contemplating the goodness of Gilbert Chesterton and his devoted wife Frances. This couple is a model of love, and demonstrate the fruitfulness of Christian marriage. Pray with us that if it be God's will, this holy couple's sanctity will be recognized.

chesterton.org

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Spend five minutes a day in prayer, contemplating the goodness of Gilbert Chesterton and his devoted wife Frances. This couple is a model of love, and demonstrate the fruitfulness of Christian marriage. Pray with us that if it be God's will, this holy couple's sanctity will be recognized.

chesterton.org

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Spend five minutes a day in prayer, contemplating the goodness of Gilbert Chesterton and his devoted wife Frances. This couple is a model of love, and demonstrate the fruitfulness of Christian marriage. Pray with us that if it be God's will, this holy couple's sanctity will be recognized.

chesterton.org

Direct download: Novena_Day_5_-_1_9_20_6.15_PM.mp3
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Spend five minutes a day in prayer, contemplating the goodness of Gilbert Chesterton and his devoted wife Frances. This couple is a model of love, and demonstrate the fruitfulness of Christian marriage. Pray with us that if it be God's will, this holy couple's sanctity will be recognized.

chesterton.org

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Spend five minutes a day in prayer, contemplating the goodness of Gilbert Chesterton and his devoted wife Frances. This couple is a model of love, and demonstrate the fruitfulness of Christian marriage. Pray with us that if it be God's will, this holy couple's sanctity will be recognized.

chesterton.org

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Spend five minutes a day in prayer, contemplating the goodness of Gilbert Chesterton and his devoted wife Frances. This couple is a model of love, and demonstrate the fruitfulness of Christian marriage. Pray with us that if it be God's will, this holy couple's sanctity will be recognized.

chesterton.org

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Spend five minutes a day in prayer, contemplating the goodness of Gilbert Chesterton and his devoted wife Frances. This couple is a model of love, and demonstrate the fruitfulness of Christian marriage. Pray with us that if it be God's will, this holy couple's sanctity will be recognized.

chesterton.org

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The Frances Chesterton Rosary League invites you to pray along with Nancy Brown, Dale Ahlquist, Vicki Darkey and the many others around the world, and join your intentions with ours as we pray together.

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The Frances Chesterton Rosary League invites you to pray along with Nancy Brown, Dale Ahlquist and the many others around the world, and join your intentions with ours as we pray together.

chesterton.org

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A rebroadcast with Carl Olson

Ignition: A Podcast of the New Evangelization

The Man, The Myth, The Legend: G.K. Chesterton

Dr. Chris Burgwald of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

cburgwald@sfcatholic.org

Carl Olson of Ignatius Press and Catholic World Report

Dr. Chris talks with Carl Olson about the early twentieth century British author, writer and convert GK Chesterton, and what he means for us today.

Hugh Kenner Paradox in Chesterton January 1948

Aidan Nichols G.K. Chesterton, Theologian 2009

David Fagerberg The Size of Chesterton’s Catholicism 2017

Episode 382 from December 8, 2019

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Chesterton.org

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The Frances Chesterton Rosary League invites you to pray along with Nancy Brown, Dale Ahlquist and the many others around the world, and join your intentions with ours as we pray together.

chesterton.org

Direct download: Luminous_Mysteries_-_12_29_19_9.44_AM.mp3
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