The New Jerusalem

G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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Dale Ahlquist calls the book a "philosophical travelogue" of Chesterton's journey across Europe to Palestine. "On the road to Cairo one may see twenty groups exactly like that of the Holy Family in the pictures of the Flight into Egypt; with only one difference. The man is riding on the ass."

"The real mistake of the Muslims is something much more modern in its application than any particular passing persecution of Christians as such. It lay in the very fact that they did think they had a simpler and saner sort of Christianity, as do many modern Christians. They thought it could be made universal merely by being made uninteresting. Now a man preaching what he thinks is a platitude is far more intolerant than a man preaching what he admits is a paradox. It was exactly because it seemed self-evident, to Muslims as to Bolshevists, that their simple creed was suited to everybody, that they wished in that particular sweeping fashion to impose it on everybody." (Summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Religion, Travel & Geography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Ray Clare
Play 01 The Way of the Cities Ray Clare
Play 02 The Way of the Desert Ray Clare
Play 03 The Gates of the City Ray Clare
Play 04 The Philosophy of Sight-Seeing Ray Clare
Play 05 The Streets of the City Ray Clare
Play 06 The Groups of the City Ray Clare
Play 07 The Shadow of the Problem Ray Clare
Play 08 The Other Side of the Desert Ray Clare
Play 09 The Battle with the Dragon Ray Clare
Play 10 The Endless Empire Ray Clare
Play 11 The Meaning of the Crusade Ray Clare
Play 12 The Fall of Chivalry Ray Clare
Play 13 The Problem of Zionism Ray Clare
Play 14 Conclusion Ray Clare