Magazine article The Christian Century

Altar Recalls

Magazine article The Christian Century

Altar Recalls

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LIKE THE title of Jon Sweeney's book Born Again and Again, reviewed in this issue along with three other memoirs dealing with fundamentalism. My own religious experience includes several trips to the altar as a youngster, one in a Baptist church, another in a revival tent. The evangelists' case was compelling, smoothly and persuasively delivered, illustrated with colorful flannel board displays, accompanied by sweet music and the usual "As we turn the lights down, and every head is bowed and eyes closed ..." It was irresistible. So I went to the altar--several times. I always wondered if the buddies who brought me to the services were counting each trip to the altar as a separate conversion on their score card.

My chums truly cared, I think. And in an odd way those experiences are part of a journey that took a very different turn and ended in a very different place. I recall my Presbyterian mother gently suggesting that being "born again" probably started when she and my Dad took me to church and had me baptized. …

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