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Relational religion

April 27, 2013
By JOSHUA FRANKLIN - Special to the Sun-Gazette , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

The idea of religious experience has changed over the years. In the earlier part of the 20th century, we witnessed an era in which the structure of a worship house invigorated new levels of religious feeling. Synagogues and churches alike invested heavily in creating buildings that would harbor inspirational worship. Vast expanses of space furnished with columns, stained glass and intricate moldings enabled the American worshiper to feel God's greatness, majesty and holiness, while at the same time making him or her feel like a speck of dust. I am beginning to sense that this mode of worship no longer may reach most American religionists.



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