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Prayer and Its Difficult Depths

Through the blog of Sean Michael Winter I came across an article, Dumbing Religion Down in the New York Times William James, Joel Osteen, and the Gray Lady BY LEON WIESELTIER literary editor of The New Republic  In it he raises several significant issues worth reflecting about in our experience of religious belief and religious practice, particularly the practice of prayer. First, there are Wieseltier’s reflections on intercessory prayer that point out its difficulties and challenges: “As the climactic pleadings were chanted, I was pierced by an intuition of the utter impotence, the wrenching sensation …

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