I have never been able to find a reference for the often-quoted phrase attributed to G. K. Chesterton:
When a man stops believing in God he doesn't then believe in nothing, he believes in anything.Now it turns out that Chesterton didn't even say or write it! According to The American Chesterton Society, it is probably an amalgam of these two quotes, found in Chesterton's 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)]
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