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And here is Chesterton:Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well it strikes me as being a pretty poor one.
Iwonder how many other writers have made a point like this, since it seems to me quite an obvious one.Contemplate some able and sincere materialist, as, for instance, Mr McCabe, and you will have exaclty this unique sensation. He understands everything, and everything does not seem worth understanding. His cosmos may be complete in every rivet and cogwheel, but still his cosmos is smaller than our world.
"The more we know about the universe the more it is evident that it is pointless and meaningless."
postodave wrote:It's in the collection Fern Seeds and Elephants which you can get here http://www.amazon.com/Fern-Elephants-Other-Essays-Christianity/dp/0006240682
For one cent plus postage and packing. Don't know what the international shipping would be but it should not be too prohibitive. I've bought books for a penny from the states because it was cheaper than buying them in the uk in spite of the shipping.
His basic answer is that if there is life in outer space we do not know whether it needs redeeming or how God will effect that redemption. He quotes St. Augustine who on the question of whether satyrs and such like would need redeeming suggested we wait until we knew if the creatures existed before answering the question. He suggested we took the same approach to extra-terrestrials.
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