The Shadow of the Reformation :: A Short Series on Why Protestants Have Trouble With Prayer
For over a thousand years, orthodox Christianity taught that the heart is the organ of spiritual perception, the receptacle of true wisdom, not the mind; the mind is only a servant of the heart. And love is the path to this wisdom. That doesn’t mean Christians didn’t think. Far from it. Over Christianity’s long history, women and men have always applied their minds to understand their experience with the divine. But the mainstream of orthodox Christianity has known that the mind must know its proper place in the spiritual enterprise. The life of prayer has kept the balance, tutoring the mind to know its place and offer its gifts to help the heart communicate what it knows.
To be continued . . .