Bruce Davidson makes some good points here about the romanticism present in much of evangelical sentiment. I think his analysis could be strengthened if he employed the premodern distinction between “passions” and “affections” instead of relying on the nebulous term, “emotion,” but his points are well taken.
By elevating them and exempting them from critical scrutiny, Romanticism makes intense emotions impossible to correct. On top of that, feelings are changeable and volatile, so religious Romanticism can take people very far from sensible living, even into dangerous territory. The history of the Western world from the advent of Romanticism makes this peril abundantly clear. Religious leaders and writers would do well to encourage adherents, and especially the younger ones, not to make too much of their feelings and personal experiences, which the young already are often prone to do.