When Your Box is too Small

small-box-2If reductionism is like trying to stuff all of reality into a box, we could say the problem is that the box is always too small. Idols deify some part of the created order. But no matter which part they choose, a part is always too limited to explain the whole. The universe is too complex and multi-dimensional to fit into a box composed of just one part. Invariably something will stick out. Something will not fit into its restricted conceptual categories.

― Nancy Pearcey,
Finding Truth

Materialists and Madmen

dominoThe Christian admits that the universe is manifold and even miscellaneous, just as a sane man knows that he is complex. The sane man knows that he has a touch of the beast, a touch of the devil, a touch of the saint, a touch of the citizen. Nay, the really sane man knows that he has a touch of the madman. But the materialist’s world is quite simple and solid, just as the mad-man is quite sure he is sane. The materialist is sure that history has been simply and solely a chain of causation . . . Materialists and madmen never have doubts.

-G. K. Chesterton,
Orthodoxy