Men of insight—prophets, poets, novelists, dramatists, philosophers—and the Word of God have spoken to this subject. Christopher Morley in that delightful book, Where the Blue Begins, has one of his characters say, “Modern skepticism has amputated God from the heart, but there is still a twinge where the arteries were sewn up.” And again, “The churches were so hemmed in by tall buildings they had no chance to kneel.” And Jesus, our Lord, has left us such imperishable sayings as these: “A man’s life consists not in the abundance of things he possesses.” “You are more than many sparrows.” “Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth but in heaven.”

These quotations and many more point to the baffling yet challenging problems that perplex and console the serious mind.

We must make a distinction between the secular and secularism. These terms have their origin in the word saeculum, meaning age or world. In our criticism of secularism, it is our task to appreciate the secular. God is the Creator-God, not Aristotle’s Prime Mover, not Thought thinking upon Thought with no concern for the world and man. The Psalmist says, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein.”

Our Creator called the universe into existence, not in time, but with time, as Augustine says. He made a God’s plenty of matter. Man has known this for a long time, but it is impressed on him more and more in this age of stellar adventure and space exploration. When God created man in His own image, He placed him on this earth with the stars as a canopy. As part of the divine image man also received lordship over creation ...

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