Thursday, February 23, 2017


Suppose two persons, one having an ear for music, and the other totally destitute of it, were both listening to a symphony; the former would consider himself warranted in confidently expecting the continuation of harmony, while the latter would be in no way surprised by a sudden change into the most barbarous and clashing dissonance. And, in like manner, the most constant experience of undeviating regularity in the course of nature up to this time, would be no ground whatever for expecting its continuance, except to those who should perceive something of itself more admirable in order than in disorder, in harmonious government of the whole than in the chance and random dispersion of parts.

W. G. Ward, The Ideal of a Christian Church, p. 506. This is a very interesting idea -- that recognizing laws of nature at all requires a certain kind of cultivated good taste, a developed sense of the orderliness of the world, so to speak.

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