hristian apologist and philosopher, humorist, writer, debater and thoroughgoing eccentric, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, left behind a legacy of amusing quips, wise proverbs, and brilliant insights. He wrote about eighty books, two hundred short stories, four thousand essays, several plays and many poems. He transcended the denominational chauvinism of both Catholic and Protestant and became, along with Shakespeare and Samuel Johnson, the most quoted author in the English language. Chesterton’s ability to unmask humanist pretensions, sometimes with uproarious humor, made him stand out among contemporary intellectuals. And he did stand out — at 6’4” and 270 pounds; he dressed like an absent-minded bohemian professor, complete with cape, crumpled hat, pince nez glasses and cigar. He speaks to the modern culture and intellectual environment as if he were still living and observing the follies of men, though he died in 1936. Chesterton’s ardent admirers included men as diverse as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and P.G. Wodehouse, as well as George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells.