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G. K. Chesterton

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G.K. Chesterton’s novel, The Ball and the Cross, carries throughout its pages several philosophical discussions regarding science, religion, and paradox. When a Scottish Highlander and devout Catholic, Evan MacIan, smashes the shop window of Mr. James Turnbull, editor of The Atheist, a London newspaper, the fate of the two men become inextricably intertwined as they seek endlessly to carry out the duel that will settle their dispute once and for all. With MacIan on the side of religion and Turnbull on the side of science, their struggle against one another affects the fates of countless individuals who come across their path and become swept up in a much greater battle for the fate of humanity. The Ball and the Cross explores themes of rationality versus irrationality, the indifference of the modern world, fate versus free will, argumentative discourse, and the paradoxes of humanity.

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