G. K. CHESTERTON: THE APOSTLE OF COMMON SENSE

Dale Ahlquist 
President of the American Chesterton Society, host of the EWTN series “G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense,” and Publisher of Gilbert Magazine. He has written two books on Chesterton, edited four more, and has written for over a dozen publications. He has lectured at major colleges and universities and other venues, including Yale, Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Rice, the Vatican Forum in Rome, the Thomas More Centre in Melbourne, and at the House of Lords in London.

He is the co-founder of a new high school, Chesterton Academy, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and the executive producer of Manalive, a film based on a novel by G.K. Chesterton, which will be released in 2010.

Dale received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a M.A. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife Laura have six children.

John "Chuck" Chalberg
is a history professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota, and has staged one man shows of Chesterton all across the United States. He has also written and performed one-man shows of Teddy Roosevelt, H.L. Mencken and the colorful Brooklyn Dodgers owner, Branch Rickey. Chuck and his wife and three sons make their home in Bloomington.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
American Chesterton Society, Gilbert! Magazine or John "Chuck" Chalberg's One Man Show on G. K. Chesterton contact:

American Chesterton Society
4117 Pebblebrook Circle
Minneapolis, MN 55437
Phone: 952-831-3096

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Episodes Include:

DAILY TRUTH
 Chesterton was prolific in every genre, from short detective stories to novels to essays. Perhaps his greatest volume of work was his newspaper articles. This episode focuses on this portion of his work, and includes a dramatic re-creation of an English couple enjoying his witty column.

WORDS ABOUT WORDS
Among his many talents, Chesterton was a great literary Critic. Chuck Chalberg appears as Chesterton with some of his most pithy comments about the art of writing.

A SHORT HISTORY OF HISTORY
 Chesterton's insights into history are not unique-at least not to the common man. He points out that there are two kinds of historians: those who tell half of the truth, and those who tell none of the truth.

A TOOL OR A TOY
 Science can be used either as a tool or as a toy, according the G. K. Chesterton. At its highest and noblest, it is a toy. Some have mistakenly tried to elevate science to the status of a religion.

THE LIBERTY OF GOD
Science can be used either as a tool or as a toy, according the G. K. Chesterton. At its highest and noblest, it is a toy. Some have mistakenly tried to elevate science to the status of a religion.

A SACRAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING Chesterton's Insights into the incarnational religion established by Christ are the focus of this episode. Included are dramatizations of the verbal dual between Turnball and MacIan from "the Ball and the Cross", and the climactic seen from one of the Fr. Brown Mystery stories (of course, the solution to the mystery is not revealed).

CHESTERTON & THE SAINTS
 "We are always ready to make a saint or prophet of the educated man who goes into cottages to give a little kindly advice to the uneducated. The mediaeval saint or prophet was an uneducated man who walked into grand houses to give a little kindly advice to the educated."

CHESTERTON & THE MOTHER OF GOD
 Chesterton's devotion to the Blessed Mother was expressed in many ways. He donated a statue of Mary to his parish church. He also wrote poems about Mary, which are read in Chesterton's voice by Chuck Chalberg.

TEN THOUSAND REASONS
 In this episode, we hear a dozen or so of the 10,000 reasons that Chesterton became Catholic. For example: "The Catholic Church is the only thing that frees a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age."

CHESTERTON'S FRIENDS
 Among Chesterton's friends were 2 other well known Catholics: Maurice Baring, Hilaire Belloc. Correspondences and works of these 2 men are dramatized in this episode.

CHESTERTON'S ENEMIES
 Chesterton's intellectual arch-nemesis was also one of his closest friends. A debate between Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw is dramatized with profound, and often hilarious effects.

MOMENTS FILLED WITH ETERNITY
Chesterton's wife is almost never mentioned in his writings. This was not for any lack of affection on his part, but at her own request. If it were up to him, he probably would not have written of anyone else. His wife also wrote poetry, and some of her poetry is featured on this episode.

THE BATTLE GOES ON
Chesterton's battle with modernism is dramatized in this episode, taking scenes from "The Man Who Was Thursday" and "The Surprise". The subjects dealt with are relevant, even today.

THE ONLY MAN I REGULARLY
 Dale Ahlquist begins his study of the wit and wisdom of the great 20th Century writer, G.K. Chesterton with a look at Chesterton as a committed defender of the Truth.

A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY
Host Dale Ahlquist examines the wisdom of renowned writer G.K. Chesterton on the issue of the loss of the sense of the sacredness of the family; also includes short dramatic presentations of Chesterton and Ibsen’s “A Doll House

HOW TO THINK
Host Dale Ahlquist looks to the wisdom of great 20th Century G.K. Chesterton to explain why modern man has lost his ability to think clearly.

EAST AND WEST
Dale Ahlquist continues his study of the wit and wisdom of the great 20th Century writer, G.K. Chesterton with a look at Chesterton’s examination of the difference between Christianity and Eastern religions.

HEALTH AND MEDICINE
 Host Dale Ahlquist looks to the wisdom of the great 20th Century writer and thinker G.K. Chesterton to explain why contemporary society has come to misunderstand the true meaning of health.

LAW AND LAWYERS
Dale Ahlquist continues his study of the wit and wisdom of the great 20th Century writer, G.K. Chesterton with a look at the errors in modern law
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CHESTERTON VS DARROW
 Dale Ahlquist continues his study of the wit and wisdom of the great 20th Century writer, G.K. Chesterton with a look at the famous Chesterton had with Clarence Darrow.

ABANDON HOPELESSNESS, ALL YE WHO ENTER HEAR
Dale Ahlquist continues his study of the wit and wisdom of the great 20th Century writer, G.K. Chesterton with a look at the effect the renowned fiction writer Charles Dickens had on him.

CHESTERTON AND SHAKESPEARE
 Dale Ahlquist continues his study of the wit and wisdom of the great 20th Century writer, G.K. Chesterton with a look at Chesterton's skills as an insightful literary critic in regard to Shakespeare.

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS pt. 1
Dale Ahlquist continues his study of the wit and wisdom of the great 20th Century writer, G.K. Chesterton with a look at Chesterton's take on the seven deadly sins.

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS pt. 2
 Dale Ahlquist continues his study of the wit and wisdom of the great 20th Century writer, G.K. Chesterton with a look at Chesterton's take on the seven deadly sins.

ASK MR. CHESTERTON
 Dale Ahlquist continues his study of the wit and wisdom of the great 20th Century writer, G.K. Chesterton with a lively Q&A session.

AGAINST THE STREAM
 Dale Ahlquist continues his study of the wit and wisdom of the great 20th Century writer, G.K. Chesterton with a look at Chesterton's take on common sense.

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