"Materialists and madmen never have doubts."
"[...] But the case is even stronger, and the parallel with madness is yet more strange. For it was our case against exhaustive and logical theory of the lunatic that, right or wrong, it gradually destroyed his humanity. Now it is the charge against the main deductions of the materialist that, right or wrong, they gradually destroy his humanity; I do not mean only kindness, I mean hope, courage, poetry, initiative, all that is human. For instance, when materialism leads men to complete fatalism (as it generally does), it is quite idle to pretend that is is in any sense a liberating force. It is absurd to say that you are especially advancing freedom when you only use free thought to destroy free will. The determinists come to bind, not to loose. They may well call their law the "chain" of causation. It is the worst chain that ever fettered a human being. You may use the language of liberty, if you life, about materialistic teaching, but it is obvious that this is just as inapplicable to it as a whole as the same language when applied to a man locked up in a madhouse. You may say, if you life, that the man is free to think himself a poached egg. But it is surely a more massive and important fact that if he is a poached eff he is not free to eat, drink, sleep, walk, or smoke a cigarette. Simiarly you may say, if you life, that the bold determinist speculator is free to disbelieve in the reality of the will. But it is a much more massive and important fact that he is not free to raise, to curse, to think, to justify, to urge to punish, to resist temptations, to incite mobs, to make New Year resolutions, to pardon sinners, to rebuke tryants,m or even to say "thank you" for the mustard."
In passing from this subject I may note that there is a queer fallacy to the effect that materialistic fatalism is in some way favorable to mercy, to the abolition of cruel punishment or punishments of any kind. This is startlingly the reverse of the truth."
"Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God."
-- G.K. Chesterton