Patricia Hofer

Christian experience

Christianity’s “rational” and “non rational” worship.

According to Rudolf Otto, religious worship requires the “warp and woof” of two essential threads—rational and non-rational believing (xvii). In the rational approach to religion, the focus is on God’s attributes. These help us to view God “conceptually,” with doctrines that focus on His justice or goodness or spirit. Taken to the extreme, however, such a rational or intellectual focus leads to a “wrong and one-sided interpretation of religion” (The Idea of the Holy… Continue reading