Who is the writer? And even more, who is the writee? (I quote loosely, to avoid dropping clues)
They developed four distinctive emphases:
- They preferred the subjective to the objective (“heart” to the “head”)
- They preferred the spontaneous to the planned (rejecting liturgy)
- They emphasized the individual I more than the corporate we.
- They emphasized the small group rather than the visible church as the source of spiritual growth.
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[Update: Commenter ‘Tony’ is smart! The writer is T. David Gordon, Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns, pp. 144-5, discussing the connection between German (Lutheran) Pietism and modern American Evangelicalism. An extended quote is in the comment trail below.]