On Saturday, March 16, 2013 6:41:58 PM UTC-4, Brent wrote:
>  On 3/16/2013 3:13 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
>  "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�"
> Like most philosophers Chesterton did keep up on the science of his time 
> and so writes as though Lagrange was the last word.

I think that this list shows that the view that "history has been simply 
and solely a chain of causation" is alive and well in the 21st century.


> Brent

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