This guy, Larry D. Harwood, is so good here, it’s hard to pick one quote over another. Let this stand for the whole. He is an evangelical Protestant who taught philosophy at Franciscan-related Viterbo U., in LaCrosse, Wisconsin when he wrote this in 2002(and still does teach there). He is speaking of “praise worship” in Protestant churches, having noted that some Catholic parishes were trying to imitate it.
Man’s relation to God is a communion between persons — but unequal persons. In the worship form I am describing, however, worship is often so spongy, so egalitarian as to be rendered gaudy, and the worshipers are giddy and all too self-confident.
It’s just the opposite of Rudolph [sic] Otto’s description of man quivering in the presence of a tremendous God of mystery. In the form of praise worship, man too often quivers with delight and too seldom with fear.
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