The thrilling allegorical novel from the author of The
Man Who Was Thursday and the Father Brown Stories
First serialized in the Commonwealth, G. K. Chesterton’s
fantastical third novel opens with a debate between Professor
Lucifer and Brother Michael as they soar across the sky above
London. Part farce, part theological exploration, The Ball and
the Cross soon settles on the story of another pair of
contraries. When differences of opinion lead an atheist and a
devout Roman Catholic to plan a duel to the death, fate intervenes
and propels the two men toward deeper understanding.
Widely considered to be one of Chesterton’s most accessible and
substantive works, The Ball and the Cross was commended by
Pope John Paul I for the profound truths it reveals. Readers for
over a hundred years have marveled at the brilliance of this
exhilarating tale about belief, nonbelief, and our collective
search for the truth.
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