SINCE the beginnings of material history, humanity has been supposed to be living a life of its own, separated from God; separated, in that the Creator, having fashioned it, set it, according to the supposition, in a world of its own, to begin and mature and die by itself, through successive generations; all this with no appeal to any source save the God supposed to dwell remotely in a distant heaven, and with no assurance that His ear can be reached by any certain mode of communication, in time of need. Thus removed from the Creator, having no more than the hope of a close association with God after the final exit, by death, from the scene of this separated existence, mortal man has moved in grooves of his own, oftentime knowing no appeal to anything outside the arena of human experience.
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