What the Church Means to Me

A Frank Confession and a Friendly Estimate by an Insider

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Language: English
Wordcount: 6,471 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.6
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 582
Added to site: 2007.05.05
mnybks.net#: 16809
Genre: Religion
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looking at the Viking ship, but I don't want to cross the Atlantic in it. Personally, I like to hear, to see, and to understand. The dim religious light and sonorous sounds do not waken me to a keener sense of the call of God to be up and doing. They just make me sleepy. Besides being difficult as a rule to hear, there is too much around to distract my attention. I don't think Westminster Abbey helps me personally to attend to the service. On the contrary, I think it makes me think of the building. I used somehow to imagine that service in the open air was necessarily associated with cant. Now I like it far the best. Not merely because it is more sanitary--till some one learns how to ventilate a building decently--but because it absolutely forces you to feel insignificant, and anxious that the great Creator should condescend to care about a mosquito like you. Moreover, I have often noticed out in the open a unity between those of different sects that was perfectly delightful. Meanwhile I am not unmindful tha

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