Religion: Extemporized Mediocrity

"Anyone acquainted with public prayer in American churches might well conclude that even ministers do not regard it as deserving any attention at all. Their public prayers often fall from their lips slipshod and haphazard, appalling illustrations of random, extemporized mediocrity.

"When one considers the quantity of public prayer, the number of people who come within its range, the meaning it might have, the atrocious carelessness with which its possible power is commonly handled, the irreverent nonchalance with which many stroll into and dally over it....

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