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Dale Ahlquist
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Dale Ahlquist is the President and co-founder of the American Chesterton Society. He has written extensively on Chesterton for a number of publications and is a frequent speaker at schools, churches, and conferences.

A Catholic convert (Former Baptist), Dale has been a guest on "The Journey Home" and "Mother Angelica Live." He lives in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his wife and three children.

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Dr. John "Chuck" Chalberg
has a MA and PhD in American history and is  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.

Dr. John 'Chuck' Chalberg is an actor and historian with a knack for capturing the essence of flamboyant historical characters. He has presented these insightful characterizations all over North America and in Eastern Europe.

Each of his four one-man shows has been enthusiastically received at a variety of colleges and universities and organizational meetings. Take your pick. Any one of the four men will provide a stimulating, entertaining, funny, and provocative evening.

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Hosted by Dale Ahlquist: is the President and co-founder of the American Chesterton Society and
Actor portraying Chesterton is John "Chuck" Chalberg is a history professor at Normandale College in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Nationality - English
 1874 - 1936

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G. K. Chesterton The Apostle of Common Sense Produced by EWTN 2000 & 2002

This preeminent writer of 20th century Catholicism was as modest and witty as he was insightful and true. His portrayal by actor Chuck Chalberg again demonstrates why, as T.S. Eliot has said, "G.K. Chesterton deserves a permanent claim on our loyalty." Host Dale Ahlquist explores Chesterton's thoughts on, "The Wonder of the Universe" as well as "Talking in Rhyme."

Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society, discusses the life and work of the great 20th Century English writer, G.K. Chesterton. Chuck Chalberg appears as G.K. Chesterton in vignettes which features excerpts from Chesterton's writings.

An overview of Chesterton, the prolific Catholic writer who "said something about everything and he said it better than anybody else."

"Orthodoxy" is perhaps Chesterton's greatest work, yet he stumbled across orthodox belief almost by accident.

Chesterton's book "Heretics" takes on modernism, and the skeptic's refusal to use his brain to come to conclusions.

Chesterton addressed the main problems of his day, which are the main problems of our day. His solution is to return to the Christian ideal.

"It's one thing to conclude that Catholicism is good and another to conclude that it is right. It is one thing to conclude that it is right, and another to conclude that it is always right."

Chesterton contrasts "the Thing" (the Catholic Church) to all other things-worldly philosophies, business, nationalism, Protestantism, agnosticism, etc.

The Catholic Church is the well-everything else is the shallows.

Chesterton tells about the man who "cared chiefly for the best kind of giving which is called thanksgiving."

"To this question, 'Is there anything?' St. Thomas begins by answering 'Yes'; if he began by answering 'No', it would not be the beginning, but the end."

Chesterton writes about Christ and the things people say about him.
G. K. Chesterton
Chesterton's book ,"The Outline of Sanity", exposes the problems with modern economic systems.

"The obvious effect of frivolous divorce will be frivolous marriage. If people can be separated for no reason they will feel it all the easier to be united for no reason."

Chesterton explores the evils of racism, euthanasia, and abortion under the euphemism of "Eugenics".

An overview of Chesterton's popular "Fr. Brown" detective stories, including vignettes featuring Fr. James R. Kolp as Fr. Brown.

Dale Ahlquist explains the relevance of Chesterton's writings to today's world. As Chesterton said, "A society is in decay when common sense has become uncommon."

Why did this English literary giant shake up the intellectual establishment when he converted to Catholicism in the early Twentieth century?

Get to know this apostle of common sense through dramatic readings, historical photos, and Chesterton’s inspired art. Host Dale Ahlquist, Ph.D. does justice to this prolific writer who said something about everything and said it better than anybody else.

More to Come in 2007 watch EWTN and listen to what's to come on EWTN Live aired Feb. 17th 2007
EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa
G. K. Chesterton The Apostle of Common Sense
2000                                                   2002
What's Wrong With the World
The Catholic Church and Conversion
The Thing: Why I am a Catholic
The Well and the Shallows
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Thomas Aquinas
The Everlasting Man
The Outline of Sanity
The Superstition of Divorce
Eugenics and other Evils
Fr. Brown
Chesterton for Today
Chesterton:  Books ~ Videos ~ DVD's
EWTN Religious Catalog
Another Introduction to Chesterton
The Riddles of God
The Signature of Man
Uneducating the Educated
Fancies and Fads
The “D” word
Puritans and Pagans
The Art of Defending the Faith – Part 1
The Art of Defending the Faith – Part 2
Talking in Rhyme
Recovering the Lost Art of Common Sense
A Chesterton Reading Plan
                                  VHS Videos
Books by Chesterton ~ Collected Works ~
Books about Chesterton
brought to you by through
The American Chesterton Society

G. K. Chesterton Starter BookWhich Chesterton book should I read first?

Here is an overview of Chesterton's most important books, liberally spiced with quotations.
This is a book version of the first fifteen episodes of "The Apostle of Common Sense."
 An excellent introduction and re-introduction to G.K. Chesterton.  Author Dale Ahlquist

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