Spiritual Freedom

Note: tedium alert!

I am reading Chesterton and have diligently avoided quoting him because I generally find those moments when people are quoting Chesterton to be tedious. So, today I break my rule. (This is from Orthodoxy, ch. 8, “The Romance of Orthodoxy,” by the way, #1855 or so in the Mobi format edition).

The Catholic Church believed that man and God both had a sort of spiritual freedom. Calvinism took away the freedom from man, but left it to God. Scientific materialism binds the Creator Himself; it chains up God as the Apocalypse chained the devil. It leaves nothing free in the universe. And those who assist this process are called the “liberal theologians.”