Before the beginning there was God is cultural heresy in the 21st century. This is really the dividing point in our culture.
There are the Oneists who believe there is no God outside the universe but that all is really just one. Historically, the major religions holding this view are Buddhism and Hinduism. They take their modern form as New Age and Human Potential Movement thought.
Then there are the Twoists, those who believe the universe was brought into being by the eternally existing God to whom we are all accountable.
These are two radically different world views with radically different presuppositions that will inevitably take one to radically different conclusions about life’s dilemmas. Thus the cultural divide in America and the world.