May 6th, 2014

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The Strange Case of the Missionary in the Con Suite...

moon_custafer manages to like G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown stories, despite the Catholic evangelizing:

I suspect one of the reasons I find GKC likeable is he pings my big-geeky-guy reflex. Perhaps it would help to think of him as a Catholicism fan who occasionally just can’t shut up about it.

Moon further observes:

I sometimes wonder if the reason there are so many fictional characters who seem to have been inspired by Chesterton (Manly Wade Wellman’s Judge Keith Poursuivant; John Dickson Carrs’ Dr. Gideon Fell; Neil Gaiman’s (spoiler) Fiddler’s Green/Gilbert) is that everyone likes the man, but a lot of people don’t want to constantly have to get into religious discussions with him, so they create their own versions of him who won’t bring the topic up.)

The context is dochermes' review of the Father Brown story "The Sign of the Broken Sword."