01 February 2014

Beauty and Order


An orderly world is a beautiful world. Beauty consists in patterns of order. Total chaos is ugly. The movement of the stars in accord with regular laws is a beautiful dance. The medievals thought of the planets as carried by spheres through the sky, and their regular movements producing the ‘music of the spheres’ whose beauty humans casually ignored, although it was one of the most beautiful things there is. God has reason to make an orderly world, because beauty is a good thing — in my view whether or not anyone ever observes it, but certainly if only one person ever observes it.

- Richard Swinburne