The modern celebration of Halloween has become secular and in many ways sordid. The focus seems to stray in either of two directions: toward the saccharine and merely "seasonal," removed entirely from the focus on mortality and the afterlife; or else toward the gory and gratuitous, with no sense of spiritual sensibilities.
Chesterton was famously an advocate of recovering the true meaning of Christmas in a commercialized society. But now with Halloween being the second-largest economically impactful popular celebration, we will explore the question: What resources does Chesterton give us for recovering the true meaning of All Hallows' Eve?
Our task for this next meeting is a sort of open-ended scavenger hunt through Chesterton's writings! In a pinch, we also invite insights from Chesterton-adjacent sources: e.g., Belloc, Wells, Shaw, Lewis, Tolkien, and so forth. Look for things that address:
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We aim to provide fellowship and fun in the Philadelphia area as we gather and honor the personal and literary legacy of G.K. Chesterton.
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