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Westerners, and Americans in particular, live in a culture that conditions us to see a multi-tiered universe. God and all things spiritual, reside "up there." Human beings, along with our politics, moralities, and social interactions reside "down here" until we die. The result of this compartmentalized world view is that even most "religious" people are practical atheists. God, saints and angels, reside with the dead in another world that has nothing to do with our daily lives and struggles here and now.
In his book, Everywhere Present, Stephen Freeman, pastor of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, illuminates secularism as the great lie of our time, and shows us that it is indeed possible to live our lives in a one-storey universe where faith is practiced in abiding and intimate relationship with the God Jesus called Father.