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300. Quotes: Donald Miller on Wonder

“There is no up and down. There has never been an up and down. Things like up and down were invented so as not to scare children, so as to reduce mystery to math. [. . .] I think we have two choices in the face of such big beauty: terror or awe. [. . .] We are too proud to feel awe and too fearful to feel terror. [. . .] Too much of our time is spent trying to chart God on a grid, and too little time is spent allowing our our hearts to feel awe. By reducing Christian spirituality to formula, we deprive our hearts of wonder.”

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller, chapter 17, pages 204 and 205

55. Reductivism

Science is ultimately reductivist. It oversimplifies complex things and ignores their subtleties or important details.

Reductivism cannot shed light on what makes us human.

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