The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton

Cavemen

Rumor has it that cavemen waved clubs, knocked women down, and dragged them away by their hair when they wanted sex. There is zero evidence that this ever happened. If cavemen were so rude, how is it that cavewomen were so modest and refined?

People are interested in everything about the caveman except what he did in the cave. In the cave we do not find clubs, or the cracked skulls of female conquests. We see drawings and paintings of animals made by artists—not by animals. Animals do not make art. It is clear that the caveman took pleasure in watching and illustrating animals. There is not a speck of evidence that he was ever violent or ferocious.

Cave paintings do not even prove cavemen lived in caves any more than the discovery of the wine cellar below my home a thousand years from now would prove I live underground. The cave could have been a religious shrine, or a refuge during war, or a place for secret meetings. If man is just an animal, why have we found no pictures of animals drawing men? Man does not differ from beasts by degree but by kind. No ape can even draw a decent stick figure.

Chauvet Cave Art
Chauvet Cave Art

Prehistoric Man

We know almost nothing about prehistoric man for the simple fact that he was prehistoric. It is amazing the number of educated people who accept whatever some quack says about what he knows happened a million years ago—which quite honestly is nothing.

As far as we really know, the human mind is virtually unchanged since time began. People around the world seem to have engaged in worship as far back as we can tell but no animals do. Animals also show a serious lack of reverent remembrance for their ancestors. All we do know from history and legend is that man has always had a mystical side and he wears clothes—vestments for the priests that are men. Nakedness is not natural to man. Clothes are not only for warmth but also for decency, dignity, and decoration.

Among living creatures on earth, man is so strange it is as if he was a stranger on the earth. Man is wrapped by bandages he calls clothes, sits on what he calls furniture—and he laughs. The more we look at man as an animal, the less he looks like one. Man is a creator as well as a creature. It is not natural to see man as a natural product. He seems supernatural.

A Quote by G. K. Chesterton
A Quote by G. K. Chesterton

Evolution

The earth is an extraordinary place. The question is, where did the universe, life, and man come from? Nobody can imagine how nothing can turn into something. No one can explain how something turned into something else. Evolution is mistaken for an explanation. The supposed slowness of evolution is no excuse for its absurdity. The pace of something does not make it more logical. If you don’t believe in miracles, a slow miracle would be just as incredible as a quick one.

In most science, evidence is increased by further experimentation. But scientists cannot make men; or go back in time to see the first man be created. Yet believers in science are often fanatical in their claims about the weakest of all scientific theories—evolution. At natural history museums, displays confidently explicate the "descent" of man to millions of gullible schoolchildren as if these crazy ideas were fact while totally ignoring the Bible Creation Story as “not scientific.” They even recreate a mother for the human race, a little ape they call "Lucy," as if she were Queen Victoria—a historical personage.


Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt

Civilization

Whatever men have believed throughout time a recurrent theme seems to be that there is something wrong with mankind—a sort of original sin, as it were. The other constant we see all over the world in all cultures at all times is this: a father, a mother, and children.

At the dawn of history we find man already civilized. The first two human societies for which we have reliable and detailed records are those of Egypt and Babylon—civilizations that boast vast and splendid achievements of genius. Today we do have savages living in our midst, but it is likely they represent a decline of the human rather than an evolution in progress. We do know that civilizations decline.

It seems that the first humans were very much like us. We see princes and priests and kings and warriors and teachers in the most ancient records. It seems there have always been civilized men and savage, primitive men living at the same time on earth—not that one evolved into the other.

The Antichrist spreads the fallacy that religious people have always fought progress, as if a priest was against the invention of the wheel. It is far more likely that a priest invented the wheel. It is nearly certain that priests invented written language.

The one fundamental fact about men before Christ is that they were individually insignificant to the state. They toiled like ants and died like flies building the great pyramids.

Quote from G K Chesterton
Quote from G K Chesterton

Polytheism

The religions of the world and their founders are often grouped together, but they show very little common character. Confucianism may be a civilization, but it is not a religion. There is something unique in world history about the Jews—an ancient culture scattered around the world but still distinct. I mean, why are Jews still Jews even though their original nation was demolished nearly 2000 years ago? One does not meet Sumerians or Visigoths or Hittites scattered about.

Those with evolution mania seem convinced that everything grows from a seed, forgetting that seeds come from trees. Godless thinkers teach our children that monotheism evolved from polytheism, but is that true? Is it not more likely that polytheism “devolved” from monotheism? Among the most primitive savages we find the worship of many gods, but also one chief god who was there first. In fact, in polytheism everywhere, we find the tendency to add more and more gods—not to subtract from them making them less and less until they are whittled down to one God.

Possibly the old God stood for morality that was constraining, and the people sought out demons who would approve of and even encourage whatever they wanted to do and added these demons to their pantheon of gods. Gods and demigods multiply like herrings and suggest the family of gods may have one founder. That mythology grows more and more complicated suggests that in the beginning it was simpler.

Socrates and Virgil believed in God. They refer to Him in the singular in their writings. I believe that all men knew about God the Father at one time and later devolved into paganism with a new motto: the more gods the merrier.

G. K. Chesterton
G. K. Chesterton

Myths, Pagans & Demons

A myth is a work of the imagination, and therefore a work of art by a poet. Pagan mythology and folklore about goblins in the woods, elves, leprechauns, fairies of the forests, trolls, and nymphs—from Valhalla to Mt Olympus we have stories we sympathize with as men or we wouldn’t be human. But these myths were never a religion in the sense that Judaism, Islam, and the Christian Faith are religions. Odin and Thor and Freya are on par with Jack and the Beanstalk not Jesus of Nazareth.

The pagan feels the presence of powers about which he guesses and invents. Paganism is an attempt to reach the divine reality through the imagination. Mythology differs from religion as a landscape painting differs from a real landscape. The painting may look very much like a landscape. The chief difference is that a picture is not a landscape.

Apart from the white magic of mythology there is the black magic of witchcraft. Some people have the impulse to seek to employ the dark powers of demons. A cult of demons is often expressed among savages as a cult of deities.

Sooner or later some men will make a habit of doing the most disgusting thing they can think of. The original meaning of cannibalism, killing babies, bestiality, and homosexual acts lies in the hope that extreme evil will enlist demonic power on one’s behalf. It is not that men denied the horribleness of what they did, but that they knew it was horrible and did it anyway. Some men indulge in self-conscious diabolism to cast their lot in with the powers of darkness.

Some high civilizations enthroned demons as gods, often portrayed as dragons or serpents. Human sacrifice—often of babies—was usually involved. The Aztec, Mayans, and Inca were all Devil-worshippers. Their demonic idols were made as hideous as possible as opposed to the beauty of Greek mythological gods.

Babies Sacrificed to Baal Moloch in Carthage
Babies Sacrificed to Baal Moloch in Carthage

Carthage

Polytheism and paganism—except for the darker strands of demonic paganism—were superficial and insincere. Pagans and polytheists never saw their religion the way Christians see theirs—as an all-encompassing worldview of complete truth with something to say about everything.

Tyre and Sidon were devil-worshipping societies, though they called Satan "Baal Moloch." They saw worshipping demons as a shortcut to worldly success. It was against such demonic people that God raised up the Hebrews—to save the world.

Carthage was a high civilization, mature and polished, that abounded in luxury and refinement. These were not primitive people. They had a more advanced civilization than Rome, but also one full of human sacrifice. Baal Moloch was not a myth, and his meal was not a myth. These people sought his blessings by regularly throwing hundreds of their infants into a large furnace. Imagine going to church every Sunday to see a baby roasted alive.

Carthage conquered Greece and Sicily and had established herself on the coast of Spain. Rome could not live in peace with these people. Modern historians portray this as some sort of economic rivalry or trade dispute, but it was nothing of the sort. It was a destroying force of evil killing in the name of Baal Moloch. Hannibal—whose name in his own language means “the grace of Baal”—famously invaded Italy from across the Alps. When Carthage fell it meant that its demons had been defeated. The hateful soul of devil-worshipping Carthage was annihilated.

Wheel of Life by Stephen Shephard
Wheel of Life by Stephen Shephard

Comparative Religions

Confucius was not bringing a message from heaven to earth but trying to organize China. While he addressed morals and manners he was not a religious teacher. The Hindu tradition is that all the gods and men are only the dreams of Brahma; and will cease to exist the moment Brahma wakes up. Gautama, the great Lord Buddha, was among the greatest intellectuals in human history. He was noble, sincere, and magnificent among men. He was reared in pomp and luxury but deliberately lived life as a beggar. Buddha was a philosopher who founded a school of philosophy.

Whereas in the West we see the universe, life, and human beings as having a beginning and progressing to an end; in the East the view is of an endless cosmic wheel. And the chief idea is to get off.

From the concept of this wheel of life, the Hindu constructed an ever-expanding, extraordinarily extravagant mythology. A great deal of it is idolatry—the local and literal worship of idols—that was not true of the original Brahmins. Hinduism sees a spiritual superiority behind social superiority in contrast to the Christian Faith in which kings and paupers will stand equal before God. All Hindus are not brothers and sisters as are all Christians. Along with this concept of the cosmic wheel of destiny in Hinduism comes belief in reincarnation.

The Buddha proposed a metaphysical or psychological discipline by which to eliminate desire, which he saw as the cause of all sorrow. But with this came the idea that reality is not real. A Buddhist could exist—as far as he could be said to exist—in an ecstasy of indifference. It is as if the Lord of Compassion pities people for being alive. One thing is for certain: this has never borne any resemblance to a Church.

The mind of Asia can be represented by a 0—the great Asiatic symbol of a serpent with its tail in its mouth. Everything is a dream and a delusion. The problem with creation is differentiation and individual personalities. All will be well once we disappear into nothingness.

Quote by G. K. Chesterton
Quote by G. K. Chesterton

Materialism

The materialistic theory of history—that all politics and ethics are expressions of economics—is a fallacy. The truth is that the thing most present to the mind of man is not economic machinery but existence itself: the world in which he awakes each morning and the nature of his position in it. It all comes back to what a man feels when he looks forth from those windows we call eyes upon that strange vision we call the world.

People do not usually fight and die for money. Nero would have found no takers had he offered a thousand dollars to be eaten by lions. What truly matters to men is the meaning of life.

The Aztecs had their own style of worship
The Aztecs had their own style of worship

New Age

Now we are supposedly in a "New Age." But you become unnatural by worshipping nature. You become unmanly by worshipping man. Men grow more immoral and their immorality grows more indefensible. Men seek stranger sins or more startling obscenities to stimulate their jaded senses.

Syncretists preach that all religions are the same. The Theosophists built a pantheon for pantheists—a Parliament of Religions. Christians are welcome as long as they place Jesus no higher than Osiris, Attis, Mithras, Ammon, Apollo, Zeus, or Jupiter. To appear broadminded we are expected to boil down all religions, myths, and mysteries into a lukewarm liquid in a great pot of cosmopolitan corruption. The conscious cult of demons is also welcome by egalitarian society with its witchcraft and sexual rituals—hopefully without its human sacrifice.

There are people who say they don’t want faith, they only want to be “spiritual.” Perhaps they mean they want to be ghosts. Atheism is truly an abnormality because it denies what the subconscious knows to be true—that the world does have meaning and people do have a purpose.

Moses with the Ten Commandments
Moses with the Ten Commandments

The Jews

History throws a single, steady light on the Jews—their meaning and their mission. The Hebrews alone prohibited images of God and the God who did not have a statute—alone remained a Spirit. The Promised Land where the Hebrews were sent to live was a land of monsters and demon gods—Moloch, Dagon, Tanit, Baal, and Astarte. The Hebrews preserved the primary religion of all mankind. They were opposed by the power of demons.

As Rome came to an end it officially tolerated every form of worship. A group of unimportant people, including slaves and barbarians, began to teach a new religion of the one true God who had not suddenly appeared but who had been nearly forgotten by everyone except the Jews and who had now appeared as a man to spread the Good News about Redemption and Salvation. A new light shone in the world—the halo of hatred the Prince of this World has cast around the Church of God.

Quote from G K Chesterton
Quote from G K Chesterton

A Cave

The mountain shepherds around Bethlehem used caves to stable their livestock at night. In such a lowly cave was born, in the humblest of circumstances, the Savior about whom, over two thousand years, millions of sermons have been preached; songs sung; pictures drawn; rhymes written; rituals performed; and billions of prayers prayed.

Why did Herod order all those babies to be slaughtered if he was not doing the bidding of Satan? Unless we understand the presence of the Enemy, we will never understand the Christian Faith. It is because evil is real, Satan is real, and demons are real that Christ came. From its beginnings the Church has been a revolution against the prince of this world.

The Christian Faith has something for all moods of man, it finds work for all kinds of men, it understands secrets of psychology, it is aware of depths of evil. It finds more in existence to think about and it gets more out of life. It embraces every aspect of the truth, and it is stiffly embattled against every mode of error. In these respects, it is simply not true to say that other religions are its rivals. The story of Jesus is not like a legend or a story of a great man. It is the quite peculiar and individual character of the story that has a hold on human nature.

Some critics treat Christ as a mere man. Oh they prattle on about what a merciful and humane lover of humanity he is; what a good teacher he is; what a fine example he set. This is the reverse of the truth about Christ Jesus—so much so that it makes me wonder if these people have ever read the New Testament. Jesus does utter, in words of heart-breaking beauty, his pity for our broken hearts. The mass of the people are poor and broken. Jesus is the most sympathetic of friends. But the New Testament Christ is also quite supernatural and an exorcist who very much believed in evil spirits.

GK Chesterton Quote
GK Chesterton Quote

Christ Jesus

There are a great many strange things about the Gospels that nobody would have invented. In the midst of strangely beautiful stories are startling pieces of advice and stunning rebukes. What Christ taught about marriage and the relations of the sexes was something quite different and difficult—but no more difficult today than it was then. What Christ suggests about marriage does not suggest the views of man in the first century but does strongly suggest the sacramental view of marriage developed afterwards by His Church. Whatever we can say about the teachings of Christ we cannot say his teachings were more suitable for men of 2,000 years ago than they are today. There is extraordinarily little in the words of Christ that ties him at all to his own time. His ideas are altogether outside of time.

Some say Jesus was merely a teacher of ethics; some say a socialist; some a pacifist; others say he was simply a prophet; some only a spiritual healer; some say he never lived at all. There is surely something mysteriously multi-faceted about the real Christ if so many little Christs can be carved out of him. Who did he say he was? “Before Abraham was, I am.”

It is easy to see that Jesus possessed amazingly distinctive intellectual powers. That alone is not proof of his divinity but it is evidence of a probable distaste for false and vainglorious claims to divinity. Jesus does not strike us as a self-deluded sensationalist.

In no other religion is a man presented as God Incarnate. Jews do not think Moses to be Jehovah; Muslims do not think Mohammed is Allah. Thus it is false that all religions are equal because all religious founders were rivals—that they were all fighting for the same crown. Mohammed, Moses, Buddha, and Confucius never made the claim that Jesus made. The only men who have ever claimed to be God—besides Jesus—are in insane asylums. But no one supposes that Christ was a lunatic, do they? Not even Atheists think Jesus a half-witted imbecile. Christ was exactly what a delusional man never is: He was wise.

The Christian Faith

What other founder of a religion lay down his life for his friends? And for his enemies? The few followers left after the death and resurrection of Jesus had no reason to come together except the memory of him that they had in common—the memory of the greatest events of their lives: this tragedy of the teacher of universal peace. They are always repeating his words and trying to imitate his character. Surely common sense tells us that men who only continued to meet through their common enthusiasm for a leader they loved would not rush out to establish anything of which he would not approve. It was not long before the Church was not only Jewish but also Greek, Roman, Asian, and African.

The modern missionary is hated by postmodern critics for regarding cannibal culture as beneath his own. It is rather ridiculous to ask a man about to be boiled in a pot and eaten why he does not regard all religions equal.

Evil is a rebellion and an invasion. The life of a man is an adventure story. How it ends depends on the man. He can choose the ditch or the Church.

Many times the Christian Faith has seemed to die but it has a God who knows his way out of the grave. Some men say there is no god; some say all men are god; some say things we cannot make heads or tails of. A dead thing can drift along with a stream but only a living thing can go against the stream.

The Christian Faith alone makes the astounding claim that the Maker of this Universe visited the world in person as a man. The Man Who Made The World. He was here. The soul of Christendom came forth from the incredible Christ. It has endured for two thousand years and the world within it has been more lucid, inventive, level-headed, reasonable, healthy in its instincts, and more humorous and cheerful in the face of suffering and death, than all the world outside.

It is not that the truths of the Christian Faith are not worthy of belief; it is that for some people they are too good to be true.

The ideas above are expressed or implied in the book by G.K. Chesterton The Everlasting Man.

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Both brilliant and fascinating write!!! The best of the best that I have read by far. This is excellent on many levels. Superb work here, James. I will have to come back and read it over and over. I would expect nothing less from you James. Voted Way Up to the Heavens, except funny. God bless you dearest Brother in Christ. I appreciate you so much for writing this very insightful hub, and the time it has taken. I will have to read "The Everlasting Man." In His Love, Faith Reaper


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Wow, what a magnificent treatise. I have heard Chesterton's name and seen him quoted a few times, but this is quite telling about who he was and what he believed.

You said, "The Christian Faith has something for all moods of man, it finds work for all kinds of men, it understands secrets of psychology, it is aware of depths of evil." Could you go into more detail to clarify this statement? Not challenging it, just trying to understand it.

Nice work James.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

James this is a must read book. Not really paying attention I thought, well James has become a Pastor! But I see now it is a report of someone elses words...and I love what you have said, I will certainly have to read this. Christianity is really simple to the Christian because the Lord Jesus in our hearts give us the understanding we need and the eyes to recognize evil. It does appear today that satan is winning but we know better. Fantastic write James in the retelling of a great truth. Up and sharing.


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Seira Girl 4 years ago from North Carolina

An informative, detailed, and well-organized write! Like Faithreaper, I, too, now have a hunger to read more from Chesterton. Thanks for the snippet of what sounds like a great read!


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Funny your first google ad is for a psychic. The Devil does try to get his foot in the door.


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drmiddlebrook 4 years ago from Texas, USA

Amazing. What a brilliant writer, thinker--well presented. You are a great writer, and you did an outstanding job of summarizing this book. Now it's a "must read" for me, a devoted Christian. Once again, voted up!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Faith Reaper— Thank you for being my first visitor!!

The book is awesome. I hope you do read it for yourself. I surely appreciate your blessings, affirmation, encouragement, and the "Voted Way Up to the Heavens!" :-)

Thank you for the visit and the laudations. God Bless You!

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

lambservant— Thank you very much for taking the time to read my treatise. I appreciate your gracious accolades.

Now let's see . . . Chesterton goes on after the section you queried about and says that the Christian Faith features "a multiplicity and subtlety and imagination about the varieties of life which is far beyond the bald or breezy platitudes of most ancient or modern moral philosophy."

One point I think he is making is that the Gospel has appeal for every kind of man; intellectuals, simpletons, the old and the young, warriors, peaceniks, kings and paupers of all nationalities and of all generations; whether they be quiet or emotional, social or preferring aloneness, optimistic or pessimistic.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Polly— I could not give "The Everlasting Man" a higher recommendation. Your comments brought a smile to my face. We are certainly in agreeance, my friend.

Thank you for sharing my article with your people. I appreciate the visitation and of course the Voted Up.

:-)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Seira Girl— You are quite welcome. Thank you for the kind compliments. Chesterton was an amazing thinker and brilliant writer, to be sure. Good to hear from you. :)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

lambservant—Isn't that interesting?! Now one of the first ads is to cast a spell on somebody. :-)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

drmiddlebrook— Welcome to the HubPages Community!

Thank you ever much for the voted up and your gracious compliments.

I look forward to reading many of your writings. And I appreciate this visitation from you.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi James my friend, this was such a fascinating and awesome read and a very great book review which was both insightful and inspirational that i just could not stop reading it. I look forward to reading this book and hopefully some day reading your book has well. You are one of the top writers here on HP and i always enjoy reading and commenting on your hubs.

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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mbergo 4 years ago from Porto Alegre, Brazil

Fascinating read and voted up. I'm an atheist and strong believer in Evolution, but this truly gives a great overview of a perspective I was not very familiar with.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Think I will have to read this book!

Glad for you to share the clever insights and apologetics. The article really does show the ridiculousness of theories and mysticisms. My husband and I watch a lot of PBS science documentaries and marvel at the elaborate theorizing proposed as fact in their presentations. I give them credit for being so imaginative and filling in the blanks with what must have happened.

Enjoyed the theme of the article that deep down inside we all know what the deal is and anything else is self and demon worship.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow James, you've published with a bang and do not disappoint. I believe you'll have much discussion on the story as you already appear to have. In the article you say man has always had a mystical side and as that concerns the Paleolithic cave art I can only agree. Perhaps the cave artists, or shamans, sought some mystical communion with the animals they depended on for survival, sort of how the Native Americans would thank the elks spirit for its sacrifice.

It is a fact that the Sumerian civilization seems to have come into existence almost overnight, relatively speaking. Still a great mystery there. Your statement that polytheism devolved from monotheism is interesting in that I've seen a respected source say the primates are in actuality a degeneration off the homo sapiens line, hence, no missing link.

There is no doubt in my experience but that demonic type entities exist, full of negativity and evil. Didn't know of the Carthaginians baby killing rites or evil worship and sacrifice, most interesting. Well, I could go on but will just say that my feelings are we are all on spiritual paths, although the roads to Rome may be different at times.

James, awesome piece good sir. The article we discussed will not accept links, comes up 'no suggestions found.' I went ahead and put in where the story can be found on G anyway. Will try to find out whats up with that and get the link on there my friend.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

What an outstanding Hub, James! Voted way up.

The argument today is that Jesus was not the Living Son of God, because there is no God.

That makes us wonder then, why He endured The Cross if He knew He was a fraud? The pain was incredible, and He could have made it stop by simply denying who He claimed to be.

And, if Jesus was a fraud and never rose from the dead, why were His disciples willing to undergo similar fates when they knew He was a fraud?


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

James, you are so correct in that Jesus allows a smorgasboard of different belief systems, inasmuch as that, once we realize that he was the Son of God, that he died for us, and rose from the dead, (unlike any other God on the Horizon), and we accept him as our personal Savior, the rest is, well, free will, which is not supported by Satan, which is a God of force, evidenced in Rape, murder, addiction, suicide, and anything seriously naughty. You have ALWAYS got me going!!!

I digress from your article! I believe that God's day may be a thousand years(that's in the Bible), and I don't care that there were dinosaurs- heck, they gave us fossil fuels. I just think that not a whole lot matters but the advent of Christ, and that a rag tag handful of Witnesses, my favorite, being Saul, on his road to Damascus, could never turn away from the truth of the thing. And Cavemen? So what? Just another blip on the screen of that Almighty.

But, does any of this matter? Nah. You were my first fan on Hubpages. That says everything about you I need to know. You desired people to come UP, not down. You were following the precepts of God, in lovingkindness, hope and faith, much like Christ asks us to do every day.

Everything else is dross.Christ is a living, present being, asking us to do the difficult, the uncomfortable, the right thing to do.

As always, with the power of such a massive intellect as yours, you are doing it. How I love yaz! lily


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Wow, Man has come a long way and he sure must be so proud of himself.

Loved the journey, James.

many votes as useful and interesting.


Janhorner 4 years ago

There is so much interesting information and conclusions here I still have not digested! You have put so much work into this hub giving the reader, food for thought!

Well done, should be hub of the day!

Jan


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I am a fan of Chesterton's thinking. His paradoxes tend to point out the ironies and truths in our common beliefs. I will have to read him more on this subject as I am more familiar with his fiction (Father Brown stories) and his essays on society.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

kashmir56— Thank you ever much for sharing this article with your friends. You have made my day! And I sincerely appreciate your kind compliments and the voted up (and more)! :-)

I believe you will greatly enjoy "The Everlasting Man."

My first book, tentatively titled: "Jesus in the World: The First 600 Years" is a work in progress that in no way will come close to being as good. I do think I will have it published before this year is out.

Your friend,

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

mbergo— Thank you very much for taking the time to come by and read my article. I am glad you found it fascinating and said so. I appreciate the voted up too!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Tamarajo— I hope you do read the book by G. K. Chesterton I reviewed here. I think it is his best work.

I absolutely love your comments. You clearly discern the meta-themes at play here. I agree with you that we see no shortage of ridiculuousness in what some supposedly learned people will proclaim and how gullible are many of their hearers.

I was watching the highly acclaimed BBC series "Life" and most of it was outstanding. But in the last segment—about apes—Opray Winfrey starts referring to them as "we" as in "we" display this or that behavior. She doesn't do it right at the start of the episode. She just kind of slides it in so smoothly you hardly notice. It is subtle but eventually she refers to monkees as "we" like they were people and continues to do so for the rest of the show. :D

I am so glad you enjoyed my article. Thank you for visiting!!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Hello James - looking forward to your book being published! Sounds like it will be amazing. You are a man of great character and integrity. As far as Opray Winfrey and the "we" thing, wow, I am at a loss for words, except that, if that is the case, why are there still apes in the world, and why have they not "evolved" into men by now? Crazy thinking. I do not understand how many are so brainwashed on that issue. Sorry, for the interjection here. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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drmiddlebrook 4 years ago from Texas, USA

Faith Reaper, you asked the same question I ask every time I hear someone say we all evolved from apes. What stopped the apes from evolving? Why are they still around looking and acting like apes? Doesn't make any sense to me either. I thought if something evolved into something else, all traces of the original thing would now be contained only within the "evolved" thing. Glad to know I'm not the only one looking at that.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Alastar Packer— Sorry to hear that the article will not accept links. I enjoyed it though and learned a lot from it. Thanks for mentioning my Hub.

I surely appreciate your awesome accolades and your comments are thoughtful and interesting. You are a good man and I appreciate our internet friendship.

I look forward to many more conversations in the future, and perhaps one day we can meet. Thank you for reading my work and for the insightful correspondence.

james


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

WillStarr— Thank you for the laudations, my friend. It is always a pleasure to hear from you—a marvelous writer in your own right.

I certainly appreciate the "voted way up." I agree wholeheartedly with your excellent analysis, too.

You ask a profound question: "If Jesus was a fraud and never rose from the dead, why were His disciples willing to undergo similar fates when they knew He was a fraud?"


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

Well done, James. I like the way this ended.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Lilyfly— I rented a documentary the other day called "America's Scenic Rail Journeys" and the second episode of six was called "The Alaska Railroad: Anchorage to Fairbanks." In it they had Wasilla! :D

I enjoyed reading your keen observations about Jesus, the smorgasbord of belief systems, and the power of demonic influences. As you put it so well: "He was the Son of God, he died for us, and rose from the dead; and we accept him as our personal Savior."

I like digression so you are always welcome to just go right ahead with it.

I am not sure what to think about the Creation Story timeline and the dinosaurs and such. Your favorite, about Saul on the Road to Damascus, was surely a game-changer for the world. I recently finished a book about Paul written in the 19th century that I got for research for my own work and it is terrific, though a bit too in depth I suspect for most postmodern readers ("Life and Epistles of St Paul" by Conybeare and Howson).

I do desire to see people come up; I do believe strongly in faith, hope, and love. I surely appreciate your warm words and the love you have thrown my way. We can never have too much love, or lovingkindness. I wish you the best and for God to Bless You mightily.

Your friend in the lower 48,

James


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You have done an excellent job of presenting all the top religions of the world for a readers comparison. Well done and researched. No other religion has a savior, except for Christianity, who died for them because he loved them. Great share and voted way up.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

James as many others have already said, you did a fabulous job on this Hub. Chesterton and you together might just save many people. I pray it is so. The whole evolution from apes idea is so ridiculous that it could only come from Satan. He is someone who was not content with the presence of almighty God the one who created him. Anyway, your article is fascinating and important. Thank you.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Thanks for this very fascinating hub. Sounds like an interesting book. Many different things to consider and think over. Like the comparison of religions. Passing this on.


Hxprof 4 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

James, I could comment on much you've written here, but want to focus on this quote: "Some high civilizations enthroned demons as gods, often portrayed as dragons or serpents. Human sacrifice—often of babies—was usually involved. The Aztec, Mayans, and Inca were all Devil-worshippers. Their demonic idols were made as hideous as possible as opposed to the beauty of Greek mythological gods".

Well said. I'd like to add that the images of 'dieties' depicted by these societies and others, including the peoples who dreamed up Hinduism, are images that are the product of dreams inspired by the demonic. Satan filled the already darkened minds of many with these images of 'gods', and people responded. Paul talks about this when he addressed the plight of man in the first couple chapters of Romans.

The forces operating under the leadership of Satan are considerable. Paul said that we battle not flesh and blood, but spiritual foes. And despite the multitude of claims coming from mainstream Christianity telling the sheep that Satan has been defeated and we can stomp on his head, Satan is as active as ever. Revelation depicts Satan as very active after being cast down from heaven "full of rage, for he knows his time is short". We put our souls at risk if we don't take seriously the power of darkness, and its ability not only to keep those of the world in darkness, but also its ability to interject itself into the lives of believers.

Thanks for your summary of The Everlasting Man.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Ruchira— I am so glad you enjoyed the journey. It is good to "see" you again. Thank you very much for the "useful" and "interesting" votes. :)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Janhorner— Welcome to the HubPages Community! Thank you, Jan, for taking the time to come over and read my work. I appreciate your thoughtful comments and kind compliments. I look forward to reading your writings soon.

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

dahoglund— Thank you for this great line: "[Chesterton's] paradoxes tend to point out the ironies and truths in our common beliefs."

I have not read the "Father Brown" stories but I'll bet they are good.

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Faith Reaper— Hello! Thank you for coming back with your encouraging words and for the love. I, of course, hope my book will be interesting. Lord knows, I have spent enough time on it. :-)

I only wish I could match up to your estimation of my person. I am afraid that I must confess the real me falls far short.

Any interjection you would care to make will be more than welcome. Yes, why are there still apes if they turned into human beings? Better still, why are there alligators?

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

drmiddlebrook— I appreciate you coming back by. You added outstanding perspectives. No person has ever seen anything turn into something else. Each kind reproduces its own kind.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Enlydia Listener— How great to hear from you again! Thank you for visiting and for the affirmation. My favorite part of this article IS the last line.

"It is not that the truths of the Christian Faith are not worthy of belief; it is that for some people they are too good to be true. "

:D


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

teaches12345— Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article and respond so favourably. I really appreciate the compliments and voted up. I am grateful that you would share this Hub with your friends.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Hyphenbird— You are most welcome. It warms the cockles of my heart to read your laudatory remarks. I certainly agree with your analyis.

Thank you ever much for visiting and leaving such comments, filled as they are with keen discernment.

James :)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee— You are quite welcome. Thank you for considering this article worthy to pass on! I am glad for the Voted up and interesting. The book is truly outstanding. Highly recommended.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Hxprof— You are welcome. It is as always a distinct pleasure to hear from you, my friend. I had more "wow" moments while reading "The Everlasting Man" than any other book of recent memory.

It is fascinating what you said about the images of demonic deities being the products of nightmares. You wrote: "Satan filled the already darkened minds of many with these images of 'gods'"

As you said so well, "The forces operating under the leadership of Satan are considerable. Paul said that we battle not flesh and blood, but spiritual foes."

This is the world in which we find ourselves, brother. And you are surely spot on when you add, "Satan is as active as ever."

Your closing paragraph is brilliant, especially the needful statement: "We put our souls at risk if we don't take seriously the power of darkness"

Amen!!

I appreciate the visitation. I know your time is quite limited. Thank you very much for the outstanding remarks.

James


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

A great writer writing on a great writer!

This was a fun and captivating read for my lunch break!

I miss your work on here, and look forward to anything you have to offer.

Chris


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kellyteam 4 years ago from Michigan

Outstanding review. I must read this book. You have done a great job in your review. Its is informative, well written, detailed and well organized. Thanks for sharing. thumbs up, awesome, beauiful and you know its a share. keep on hubbing!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

CMerritt— You are too kind, my friend. I am glad you enjoyed this one. I have more on the way. I published a new one last night. :D

Thank you, Chris, for visiting and offering your encouragement. Good man!

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

kellyteam— Thank you! I guarantee you this book will not disappoint.

I am grateful for the "share." I certainly appreciate you hitting all those good buttons for me and especially for your gracious laudations.

James

ps You are welcome! :-)


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

My gosh, James, you are a master when it comes to writing pieces like this. I agree with Alastar when he wrote: " Well, I could go on but will just say that my feelings are we are all on spiritual paths, although the roads to Rome may be different at times." -- yet I must applaud this powerful and enlightening hub. Well done, Sir, well done!

All Ups except funny. I must share this.


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Thanks for your share! I like when you stated: "Sooner or later some men will make a habit of doing the most disgusting thing they can think of. The original meaning of cannibalism, killing babies, bestiality, and homosexual acts lies in the hope that extreme evil will enlist demonic power on one’s behalf. It is not that men denied the horribleness of what they did, but that they knew it was horrible and did it anyway." How true. I seen you had visited my Hub, Thanks! Much love James.....


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Phyllis Doyle— I am grateful to you that you would share this piece with your acquaintances. Why that warms the cockles of me heart, lassie. :-)

I could not ask for more than "All Ups except funny!"

I certainly appreciate the high praise indeed. Thank you for reading and commenting. I am glad you enjoyed it and I am still basking in your applause.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

drpastorcarlotta— You are most welcome, Sister. I am glad you enjoyed that particular section. I kind of like it myself. :-)

Yes, I indeed did visit your Hub. I always enjoy your articles. They are uplifting and edifying. Thank you for the visit and the love!

James


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

James, I am happy to have warmed the cockles or your hear, laddie. You have a right to bask in applause -- you are a fantastic writer who needs to be shared with all. You are the kind of writer that audiences would demand, "Author .... Author!" after a play based on your book. You must write a book some day. If you already have, I would love to read it. :)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Phyllis Doyle— Awww, Phyll! If I may call you Phyll.

Just kidding.

Thank you for all you said. You have now made my day-two days in a row! :D

I am working on my first book and I am determined to have it out before this year ends. I am thinking of calling it:

"Jesus in the World: The First Six Hundred Years"


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no body 4 years ago from Rochester, New York

As always Jim I am captivated from the first word to the last. So many great points I have to write them down to remember them. This man upon whose work you wrote is incredible, but my brother, so are you. The world and its mouthpieces that are in media lays every wrong in the world at the Christian's feet. They blame the only faith that makes any sense for all the world's ills. They claim us to be bigots and racists. Yet point by point this article tears through all the Bill Mahers in this world. Love you brother. The Lord will bless you for work like this. Thank you.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

no body— You are quite welcome, my brother. I am tickled pink to see you here! Thank you very much for taking the time to come over and read my article. That means a lot to me and your high praise indeed warms my heart.

As you said, "They blame the only faith that makes any sense for all the world's ills."

Yes, they do, my friend. I love you too Bob. And I sincerely appreciate your kind compliments and discerning remarks.

God Bless !

James

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