The Center for Faith and Culture presents a lecture by Christopher Check, President of Catholic Answers, on the Battle of Lepanto, the battle that saved the Christian West from defeat by the Ottoman Turks.
On October 7, 1571, the most important sea battle in history was fought near the mouth of what is today called the Gulf of Patras, then the Gulf of Lepanto. On one side were the war galleys of the Holy League and on the other, those of the Ottoman Turks, rowed by tens of thousands of Christian galley slaves. Although the battle decided the future of Europe, few Europeans, and even fewer European Americans, know the story, much less how close Western Europe came to suffering an Islamic conquest.
Three Hundred and Forty years later, On October 7, 1911, English poet and theologian G.K. Chesterton honored the battle with what is perhaps the greatest ballad of the 20th century. He wrote this extraordinary poem while the postman impatiently waited for the copy. It was instantly popular and remained so for years. The ballad is no less inspiring today and is more timely than ever, as the West faces the growing threat of Islam.
Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith & Culture interviewed Christopher Check about his background, the apostolate of Catholic Answers, his upcoming talk at Aquinas, and G.K. Chesterton’s rousing poem on the subject.
Christopher Check is president of Catholic Answers. A graduate of Rice University, for nearly two decades he served as vice president of The Rockford Institute. Before that he served for seven years as a field artillery officer in the Marine Corps, attaining the grade of captain. He lectures on Church and military history. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have four sons.