Evelyn Underhill identifies an ongoing deficiency in contemporary living: “Most people work so hard developing their correspondence with the visible world, that their correspondence with the invisible is left in a rudimentary state.” (p. 48)
We would be hard pressed to find a more damaging comment than to hear a parent say, “We just leave it up to our children whether or not to be religious. We want them to make up their own mind.” The irony is that we don’t take that approach in general life development, e.g. education, sleep, exercise, nutrition, etc. In almost every other area of life we recognize the need for guidance. Underhill is correct that this failure leads to underdeveloped souls. Pointing others toward God is not “forcing” faith, it is “facing” faith.