Emotions tell us something. They may not be able to tell us the population of Thailand or whether God exists, but they are still there to provide information. They are signs that tell us the character of our souls and what is happening in them.
We are products not only of our own decisions, but also of the culture in which we live. American evangelicalism has a particular culture that affects its relationship with contemporary concepts of spiritual formation, and it may be useful to consider that culture and some of its historical roots so as to understand how and why the movement reacts to formational ideas.