I am continually surprised by the force of "religious" leaders' insistence on many forms of idolatry
and the hatred they convey toward those of us who choose not join them.
He argues that the `associators' (mushrikun) attacked in the Koran were monotheists whose beliefs and practices were judged to fall short of true monotheism and were portrayed polemically as idolatry
It is a curious fact, whose significance is still disputed, that the prophetic denunciations of idolatry
miss its real nature.(6) Such prophets as Isaiah ridicule the idolaters on the assumption that they really believe that the man-made images that focus their devotion are actually divinities.
isn't easily found among my twenty something generation.
They separate out four main conceptions of idolatry
, without claiming exhaustiveness.
The Indians' attachment to their own religious system had been, as the contemporary rhetoric put it, "discovered" or "unmasked"; a secretive and vile "idolatry
" had been revealed beneath the guise of proper Christian acceptance.
In addition to the idea of idolatry
, the reference to Hezekiah's reform also contains a threat, since the serpent was destroyed.
They venerate in saint-like passion shrines that house the tombs of Sufi holy men, a practice condemned by radical Muslims as idolatry
and dubbed by them as 'mushrikin' or polytheist.
During Ezekiel's life, the Israelites struggled with idolatry
. God gave His prophet a message for some of His people's leaders.
In the cases of Hindus and Buddhists, the Christian views of them have been informed largely by the biblical condemnations of idolatry
. Earlier Christian missionaries often interpreted these religious traditions as a form of idolatry
or devil worship without any deep engagement with their sacred texts and philosophical traditions.
Another word for this is idolatry
. The scriptures narrate the story of God's people's ongoing struggle with idolatry
, and God's relentless pursuit to win them back to their true home.
Greed as Idolatry
: The Origin and Meaning of a Pauline Metaphor By Brian Rosner.