Saint Justin and the Ascent of the Mind to God

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Caught up in the suffering, the limitations, the longings for fulfillment which enclose human existence, men have found themselves reaching through their experience for a meaning that will define their univers and give worth to their lives. This attempt for the ultimately significant has embodied itself at all stages of the history of man in human products, in the art of the Upper Nile or in the delicately traced hymns of the Vedas. Through his literature, his sculpture, his music, man has attempted to express his struggle for the divine and to resolve it. Thus the deepest motions of the human personality gave their structure to the Mesopotamian temple-rites and to the calm, sure lines of Phidias.