K. Chesterton’s book, The Everlasting Man, remains one of my favorites. C. S. Lewis credited this book with “baptising his intellect,” and was used to ultimately lead to his conversion to the Christian faith. In a 1950 letter,Lewis calls the book “the best popular apologetic I know,” and in 1947 he wrote, “the [very] best popular defence of the full Christian position I know is G. K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man.” It’s not always an easy book for the modern reader but good commentaries are available to help with its many allusions and references. I think the first two chapters contain some of the best arguments against evolution. Chesterton’s wit and intellect come together so as to make you both think and smile at the same time. Here’s a sample:

The other day a scientific summary of the state of a prehistoric tribe began confidently with the words “They wore no clothes.” Not one reader in a hundred probably stopped to ask himself how we should come to know, whether clothes had once been worn by people of whom everything has perished except a few chips of bone and stone. It was doubtless hoped that we should find a stone hat as well as a stone hatchet. It was evidently anticipated that we might discover an everlasting pair of trousers of the same substance as the everlasting rock.

K. Chesterton, Everlasting Man