And a plug for Platonic coherence against Richard Rorty.
G.K. Chesterton (from The Everlasting Man ):
Any agnostic or atheist whose childhood has known a real Christmas has ever afterwards, whether he likes it or not, an association in his mind between two ideas that most of mankind must regard as remote from each other; the idea of a baby and the idea of the unknown strength that sustains the stars. His instincts and imagination can still connect them, when his reason can no longer see the need of the connection; for him there will always be some savour of religion about the mere picture of a mother and a baby; some hint of mercy and softening about the mere mention of the dreadful name of God.
And Chesterton’s quote made me think of the concluding scene from Kubrick’s 2001, where Mother Earth, a fetus, and the heavens are linked up at the end of a dying man’s life: