Chuck Chalberg

Chuck Chalberg

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Dr. John C. “Chuck” Chalberg writes from Bloomington, Minnesota, and can be reached at chuck.chalberg@gmail.com

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Family: Fairy Tale or Trap?

Now and again I’ve been asked what Chesterton essay I would preserve, if only one could be saved from destruction. The choice is not easy, but if I were forced to choose it might well be one with a very lengthy, yet vague, title: “On Certain Modern...

Meeting A Lost Soul In The Skies

On airplanes my druthers is to mind my own business. I don’t want to be rude, but I much prefer reading to chatting. And that’s precisely what I did for almost the entirety of a recent flight. Nothing out of the ordinary here. It’s my...

Should Jury Duty Be Taken from the Common Man and Given to Professionals?

Like many of us, G. K. Chesterton was once called upon for jury duty, and like any good writer, he turned that experience into an essay. But he didn’t turn the essay into a detailed account of his experience. Instead, he simply let his readers know...

Why Lying in Bed Can Be a Good Thing

One of G. K. Chesterton’s most profound essays is simply titled “On Lying in Bed.” It begins in an odd and amusing way: “Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a coloured pencil long enough to draw...

Why Chesterton Would Classify Many Modern Individuals as ‘Half-Witted’

Not all that long ago something called zero population growth was all the rage.  But no more. The great fear was a worldwide population explosion. But no more. Certainly not in the western industrialized world. And not even in a rapidly...

Should College be Free?

Fall is here. That means many things are on their way down, including bank accounts as parents write tuition checks.  Is anything going up? Maybe interest in “free” college. How often are we told by our friends on the left that we ought to...

Are Women Rejecting True Girl Power?

G. K. Chesterton was politically incorrect well before the term had been invented and well before its potent force could have been imagined. This political incorrectness especially reared its head concerning the family and gender roles, as evidenced...

Why Every Sane Society Encourages Marriage, Not Divorce

G. K. Chesterton’s defense of the family might have included a defense of divorce. Except that it didn’t. He might have made the case that marriage is such an important institution for society that government should make it somewhat easier for...

Why Chesterton Appreciated Paganism

For more than thirty years G. K. Chesterton wrote a weekly essay for the Illustrated London News. In a 1932 piece, now known as “The Loss of True Paganism,” Chesterton took note of a phenomenon that is still very much with us today. The...

Chesterton: Science Is a Tool (or a Toy), Nothing More

While he was never a teacher, G. K. Chesterton did help instruct his readers about how to think about many things. Far from the least of those things was science. And while he was never a scientist, Chesterton certainly knew something about...

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