from Chapter 5
“The Wild Animal”
“We talk of wild animals,” says G. K. Chesterton, “but man is the only wild animal. It is man that has broken out. All other animals are tame animals; following the rugged respectability of the tribe of type.”Yancey, Philip. Where Is God When It Hurts? (Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 1990); 73, 75.
Man is wild because he alone, on this speck of molten rock called earth, stands up, shakes his fist, and says to God, “I do what I want to do because I want to do it.” …That this world spoiled by evil and suffering still exists at all is an example of God’s mercy, not his cruelty.
Chesterton, G. K. Orthodoxy (Doubleday and Company: Garden City, NY, 1959), 144.