Wednesday 13 November 18:00 - 20:30

The University of Notre Dame (USA) in England
1-4 Suffolk Street


Chesterton and Humour: A talk by Fr. Ian Ker

Religion & Spirituality

Join the London Global Gateway for a discussion on G.K. Chesterton, with a talk from Fr. Ian Ker:

‘Chesterton and Humour’ argues that Chesterton’s preoccupation with humour extends far beyond his famous jokes. His 'Autobiography', a book strangely neglected by his biographers, shows only too clearly how important a role humour played in his thought and writings. For him, comedy was just an important an art form as tragedy. 

Far from being the opposite of serious, humour was sometimes the only way of being serious. It was essential for religious faith as humility demanded the ability to laugh at oneself.

6:00 p.m. Registration and welcome

6:30 p.m. Keynote

7:15 p.m. Q&A

7:30 p.m Reception

About Fr. Ian Ker

Fr. Ian Ker is a Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars, Oxford. His many books on Newman, on whom he is generally considered the foremost authority, include 'John Henry Newman: A Biography'. His other books include: 'The Catholic Revival in English Literature 1845-1961', 'G.K. Chesterton: A Biography', and 'Newman on Vatican II'.


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