> "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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