8 THE DIVINE LOGOS.
the ways of hell. The avenue of inter¬
course between man and his Maker having
been closed by transgressions, and the
penalty of insulted justice having been
expressed by diluvian retribution, the .dis¬
mayed posterity of Adam again sought pre¬
sumptuous intercourse with Heaven from
the plains of Shinar. The material monu¬
ment they attempted to rear was no less an
expression of their conception of the Al¬
mighty and His operations, than was.it anal¬
ogous to the crude yet stubborn constructions
of humanity unsanctified toward the Infalli¬
The existence of these ideals may be dis¬
covered unconsciously breathing in every line
of heathen poetry, ancient and modern; in
their sculpture or paintings ; in art, science
philosophy, and religion, wherever existing
without the pales of the Christian system.
The Heavenly Standard was unrevealed, but
in the heart of humanity there was a con¬
sciousness of its existence somewhere and of
its attainableness somehow.