Sunday, August 12, 2007
Sometimes, I think that praise music (narcissitic drivel) is an outgrowth of the "dumbing down" of American religion. American evangelism has a strong anti-intellectual bias. Some of this anti-intellectualism is driven by the fear caused by what is perceived as the assault by science on what is found in the Bible; some by the very real antipathy of those that consider themselves intellectally elite; some by those that would create an enemy in science and in particular evolution, so that their followers have a common enemy against which to stand. I believe that the combination of anti-intellectualism and a desire "to feel" their connection to God has given rise to praise music and the new worship services. Churches are substituting emotion for thought. At this moment, all I can do is continue to pray and not attend.