Tuesday, February 02, 2010

God, Ghosts, and Goblins

Me over at CatholicExchange again.

From the Article.

When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing - they believe in anything — G.K. Chesterton.
Belief, of any sort, is part of the human psyche. Without faith in God, that belief may lie in science, so that one wonders of the mysteries of the universe whether or not they will be solved in one’s life time. Or that belief may lie in the realm of gods, pixies, warlocks, aliens, or the Easter Bunny. When a person stops believing, it is not that a person believes in anything, it is that they become distracted and thereby believe in lesser things. They believe in little green men and do not believe in little red devils. They believe in flying saucers and do not believe in flying angels. They believe in goddesses and goblins and do not believe in the glories of God.


Jeff Miller said...

By the way Chesterton never said that.

It comes from two different quotations from two different Father Brown stories.

It's the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense. ["The Oracle of the Dog" (1923)]

You hard-shelled materialists were all balanced on the very edge of belief--of belief in almost anything. ["The Miracle of Moon Crescent" (1924)]

The actual quotation so commonly seen was a paraphrase from The Laughing Prophet by Emile Cammaerts in reference to Father Brown.

Paul Cat said...

Oh now you tell me. I'll keep that in mind.

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