Hi everyone, Honestly I was not sure how to ask my question. In the Church I was born to, the miraculous was the accepted norm. When the Church lost the norm of the miraculous, it began to lose other things. The last to disappear was the authority to effect redemption for the lost.
My question this morning, has our intellectual prowess become the new spirituality? Our church was known for its attention to education, that aspect we retained. But the simple faith evident in our beginnings, from many of the field hands rescued from plantations in the South, seems to have died with the older members.
What good is the church if it has magnificent intellectual poise, mesmerizing strobe lights, and a full orchestra, but lacks the authority to impact both the natural and the spiritual? Does our dependency on intellect follow the empty shell game that came to afflict the healing services of the 19th and 20th-century church?