The Influence of G.K. Chesterton: Perfect Pith

“Never underestimate the Power of Influence.” — Benjamin Suulola

Ed Newman
3 min readMay 6


G.K. Chesterton. (Public domain)

Influences: We all have roots, and if one were to make the effort we could probably each make a genealogical tree of our ideas, identifying the people who have been our own chief influences.

The same holds true for the authors and thinkers whose books we have become familiar with. We certainly see it in politicians who frequently cite their influences by quoting the men and women who have inspired them.

C.S. Lewis, whose writings have been tremendously influential in the past century, had a circle of friends that included J.R.R. Tolkien. These friends were undoubtedly important people in his personal development. As for roots, Lewis made special note of two major literary figures from a preceding generation: George MacDonald and G.K. Chesterton. MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet and minister who also happened to be a friend and mentor of Lewis Carroll. (Now you know the roots of The Chronicles of Narnia.)

As for Chesterton, he was a writer, philosopher, journalist, dramatist, orator, lay theologian and creative spirit. A contemporary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, his Father Brown (Father Brown Mysteries) was equal to Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s shrewd observers of the devious, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. (Who doesn’t love a good mystery now and then?)

As a setup for an upcoming blog post I thought it appropriate to introduce Gilbert Keith Chesterton, the keen social critic and wit whose book The Everlasting Man made an impact on the young hot-headed atheist, C.S. Lewis.

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Here are some Chesterton quotes to help acquaint you with his mind and wit. Read them slowly, rather than as quickly as you can.

“Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.”

“The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.”

“The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.”

“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”



Ed Newman

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