> "For we must remember that the materialist philosophy (whether true or 
> not) is certainly much more limiting than any religion. In one sense, of 
> course, all intelligent ideas are narrow. They cannot be broader than 
> themselves. A Christian is only restricted in the same sense that an 
> atheist is restricted. He cannot think Christianity false and continue to 
> be a Christian; the atheist cannot think atheism false and continue to be 
> an atheist.
> But, as it happens, there is a very special sense in which materialism has 
> more restrictions than spiritualism… The Christian is quite free to believe 
> that there is a considerable amount of settled order and inevitable 
> development in the universe, but the materialist is not allowed to admit 
> into his spotless machine the slightest speck of spiritualism or miracle. 
> The Christian admits that the universe is manifold and even miscellaneous, 
> just as a sane man knows that he is complex. But the materialist’s world is 
> quite simple and solid… The materialist is sure that history has been 
> simply and solely a chain of causation…"

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