We want not an amalgam or compromise, but both things at the top of their energy; love and wrath both burning…St. Francis, in praising all good, could be more shouting optimist than Walt Whitman. St. Jerome, in denouncing all evil, could paint the world blacker than Schopenhauer. Both passions were free because both were kept in their place…By defining its main doctrine, the Church not only kept seemingly inconsistent things side by side, but, what was more, allowed them to break out in a sort of artistic violence…Poetry could be acted as well as composed.
– G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, pp. 98 – 103