G. K. Chesterton, The Educator of C.S. Lewis

Christopher Perrin June 26, 2014

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2014


G. K. Chesterton had joy at the center of his being, and like the woman described in Proverbs 31, he could laugh at the days to come. In this seminar, Dr. Perrin explores Chesterton’s life and work, studying the way he found joy and the way that joy led to laughter, good humor and friendship. For those who know Chesterton, they will enjoy noting the centrality of joy in his writings and life; for those who are new to Chesterton, this seminar should be an engaging introduction. The seminar will follow this outline: 1) Chesterton: The Man Who Took His Mission But Not Himself Seriously 2) Humor at the Center of Things 3) What Makes Even Our Faith Funny 4) Laughter as The Signature of Man 5) Christ as Divine Jester 6) Laughing Again: Overcoming Our Blindness to The Mirth of The Gospel 7) Laughing and Learning: Why Chesterton Laughed Through School 8) A Suggested Bibliography of Chesterton’s Writings COMMENT: Dr. Perrin did his PhD dissertation on Paradox in the Apologetic of G. K. Chesterton… and is a Chesterton nut.


Chesterton Lewis Writing


Christopher Perrin
Dr. Christopher Perrin is an author, consultant and speaker, who is committed to the national renewal of the liberal arts tradition. He co-founded and serves full time as the CEO/publisher at Classical Academic Press, a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company. Christopher serves as a consultant to charter, public, private, and Christian schools across the country. He is the former vice president of the Society for Classical Learning and the director of the Alcuin Fellowship of classical educators. He has published numerous articles and lectures that are widely used throughout the United States and the English-speaking world. Christopher received his B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina and his M.Div. and Ph.D. in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. Johns College in Annapolis. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Harrisburg, PA for ten years. He is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, Greek for Children, and co-author of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press.

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