Today I share from an article I have failed to reference. Apologies for that. However, it pertains to how the enlightenment continues to have a limiting influence on the ways in which we relate to God.

“The Enlightenment forced evangelicalism into adopting approaches to spirituality which have resulted in rather cool, detached, and rational approaches to Scripture. The traditional Quiet Time’ has been deeply influenced by this outlook.”

“As Martin Luther constantly insisted, Christianity is concerned with totus homo, the “entire human person’, not just the human mind. In this, Luther was doing nothing more than stressing the importance of maintaining a biblical understanding of human nature in every aspect of Christian living.”

“The Australian writer Robert Banks points out the implications for spirituality of this biblical view of human nature when he notes that spirituality concerns ‘not only our spirit – also our minds, wills, imaginations, feelings and bodies.”

What do you think? Are your times of quiet still influenced by the enlightenment? How helpful is that, and how limiting is it?

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