Dr. King quotes an excerpt from James Bissett Pratt's "Religious Consciousness," which focuses on the purpose of the Protestant sermon. Dr. King expands Pratt's analysis to encompass the entire Protestant service.

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[Inserted Text in Margin: Underlined: Worship] Nearly the whole purpose of the Protestant service is to produce certain psychological effects upon the congregation. "The aim of the sermon, the central part of most Protestant worship, seems to be threefold: to increase or correct the faith of the hearers, to nourish their religious sentiments, and to arouse, fortify, and redirect their moral convictions and emotions." Pratt, Religious Consciousness, p[age] 303.
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