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My intention in this article is to contribute to the history of Catholic approaches to secularization and to suggest that the theological lens of idolatry can be a productive way to approach secularization generally and economy more particularly.
I cannot thank you adequately for your forceful and forthright editorial "The idolatry of US military might" (NCR, Nov.
In symbols, which are necessary for religious life, there lies the inherent danger that the signifier and the signified become confused, and thus idolatry results.
to Find God: Breaking Free of Idolatry provides a concise look at how 'false gods' can mask the search for the one real God, and describes different types of idols prevalent in our modern times.
Liberation theologians use the concept of idolatry to describe capitalism.
Prayers for a transformed world like the ones he investigates counter the idolatry all around us that assumes human ultimacy, counter a pervasive sense of self-sufficiency, and are committed to a dialogic existence with God.
The idol of Micah is seen not as a heinous sin deserving of severe punishment, but rather as an example of the syncretic religion of some early Israelites, who combined worship of the true God with the trappings of idolatry.
Among his topics are the danger of idolatry according to Philo of Alexandria, whether Paul argues against sacramentalism and over-confidence in 1 Corinthians 10:1-14, Paul on idol food and idolatry in 1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1, a comparison between Philo and Paul on alien religion, and attraction and danger of alien religion in the Revelation of John.
Saving God: Religion after Idolatry is a brilliant book: erudite, intriguing and inventive.
I'm convinced that one of the best antidotes against idolatry is the regular gathering of the saints for corporate worship.
Bill Donahue, president of The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, rants: "She is trying to rip off Christian idolatry to shore up her talentless, mundane and boring performances.
But all three religions turn out to be forms of idolatry.