The Ball and the Cross
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The Ball and the Cross

By G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton
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The Ball and the Cross is a novel by G. K. Chesterton. The title refers to a more worldly and rationalist worldview, represented by a ball or sphere, and the cross representing Christianity. The first chapters of the book were serialized from 1905 to 1906 with the completed work published in 1909. The novel's beginning involves debates about rationalism and religion between a Professor Lucifer and a monk named Michael. A part of this section was quoted in Pope John Paul I's Illustrissimi letter to G. K. Chesterton. Much of the rest of the book concerns the dueling, figurative and somewhat more literal, of a Jacobite Catholic named Maclan and an atheist Socialist named Turnbull. Lynette Hunter has argued that the novel is more sympathetic to Maclan, but does indicate Maclan is also presented as in some ways too extreme. Turnbull, as well, is presented in a sympathetic light: both duelists are ready to fight for and die for their antagonistic opinions and, in doing so, develop a certain partnership that evolves into a friendship. The real antagonist is the world outside, which desperately tries to prevent from happening a duel over "mere religion" (a subject both duelists judge of utmost importance).
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Table of Contents
  • THE BALL AND THE CROSS
  • I. A DISCUSSION SOMEWHAT IN THE AIR
  • II. THE RELIGION OF THE STIPENDIARY MAGISTRATE
  • III. SOME OLD CURIOSITIES
  • IV. A DISCUSSION AT DAWN
  • V. THE PEACEMAKER
  • VI. THE OTHER PHILOSOPHER
  • VII. THE VILLAGE OF GRASSLEY-IN-THE-HOLE
  • VIII. AN INTERLUDE OF ARGUMENT
  • IX. THE STRANGE LADY
  • X. THE SWORDS REJOINED
  • XI. A SCANDAL IN THE VILLAGE
  • XII. THE DESERT ISLAND
  • XIII. THE GARDEN OF PEACE
  • XIV. A MUSEUM OF SOULS
  • XV. THE DREAM OF MACIAN
  • XVI. THE DREAM OF TURNBULL
  • XVII. THE IDIOT
  • XVIII. A RIDDLE OF FACES
  • XIX. THE LAST PARLEY
  • XX. DIES IRAE
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