This extract from Chesterton  has little sense without what precedes and
follows.


2013/3/16 Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com>

> "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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