Saturday, July 04, 2009

Published on Chesterton!

For the first time I have been published on G.K. Chesterton! The article can be found in the July/August issue of St. Austin's Review, which is dedicated to "Literary Converts." It is my personal reflection on Chesterton's influence on me, adapted from an essay I delivered to Prof. Sean Davidson's Chesterton class at Briercrest College in 2008.

I am honoured to have it printed by this impressive magazine. If you follow the link you'll find that "the St. Austin Review (StAR) is the premier international journal of Catholic culture, literature, and ideas. In its pages, printed every two months, some of the brightest and most vigorous minds around meet to explore the people, ideas, movements, and events that shape and misshape our world. Contributors to StAR are poets, philosophers, artists, theologians, historians, and journalists, together giving StAR the breadth and depth necessary for its 'unique and worthwhile project' (Karl Keating)."

Perhaps the proudest thing about this article is that it also brings to print some of our own blog discussions! In it I quote "a friend of mine" and offer a mild rebuttal to his argument, referring to none other than Matthew Wilkinson, taken from the comment pages of his old website!

(These were comments which at the time really stopped me in my tracks for awhile, and helped me wrestle with my thesis writing with a bit more objectivity, by the way. And just so you know, I did ask his permission to quote him. I will leave it up to him if he wants to write in to StAR and offer his own rebuttal to me, or to do so here. I don't think I took him to task or anything, so there may not be anything more to say.)

Technically I have been published on Chesterton before, online at Relevant magazine and for a limited audience by Briercrest Seminary, but this is an exciting first for me in print.

You can read the article here: How to be Sliced by a Sword: A Personal Encounter with G. K. Chesterton’s Apologetic.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jon. Actually, Chesterton people owe you due credit...i would have never read him much if it weren't for your influence on me. Stu

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

Fantastic. I hope you do something to celebrate.

Who knew a piece of that conversation would end up in "the premier international journal of Catholic culture, literature, and ideas"?!

I think there probably is more to say but I'm incapable of saying it. He's a giant, and I haven't the slightest clue of how to find a slingshot.

It's been a while since I read Chesterton actually. I'm overdue.

Dale Harris said...

Congrats, Jon. And thanks for introducing me to Chesterton. I've appreciated watching your enthusiasm for all things Chesterton over the last few years. DH

jonkramer said...

Well done Jon!
It was a great read for a Saturday afternoon - I'd love to read more of your polished writing as well if given the chance.
You're looking a little haggard on the cover shot though... late nights with the twins I suppose...

Tony Tanti said...

That was great Jon, a nice summary of your experience with Chesterton.

Congrats!

Bryce Ashlin-Mayo said...

Congrats...brilliantly written.

Colin Toffelmire said...

Congrats Jon! And like Stu, you are mostly responsible for my love of Chesterton. Blessings.

forrest said...

awesome. You are way ahead!

erin said...

Nicely done!