On 3/16/2013 3:13 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:

    "For we must remember that the materialist philosophy (whether true or not) 
    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 
    Christianity false and continue to be a Christian; the atheist cannot think 
    false and continue to be an atheist.

    But, as it happens, there is a very special sense in which materialism has 
    restrictions than spiritualism… The Christian is quite free to believe that 
there is
    a considerable amount of settled order and inevitable development in the 
    but the materialist is not allowed to admit into his spotless machine the 
    speck of spiritualism or miracle. The Christian admits that the universe is 
    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 
    has been simply and solely a chain of causation…"

Like most philosophers Chesterton did keep up on the science of his time and so writes as though Lagrange was the last word.


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