Of what use is existence to the creature if it cannot know its creator?

“When God Almighty was creating humanity through his Word, he realized that, on account of limitations of their nature, they could not by themselves have any knowledge of their creator. He therefore too pity on them, and did not leave them lacking any knowledge of himself, in case their existence should prove purposeless. For of what use is existence to the creature if it cannot know its creator? How could humanity be reasonable if they had no knowledge of the Word and Reason of the Father, through whom they had received their being? They would be no better than animals, having no knowledge except of earthly things. So why would God have made humanity at all, if he had not intended them to know him?” Athanasius (d.373)

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