Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

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by Elizabeth Scalia
     
 

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Renowned in the blogosphere as The Anchoress and as Catholic Portal editor of the popular Patheos.com, Elizabeth Scalia offers a powerful critique of the "gods" we worship today, reminding readers that life's deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ. Elizabeth Scalia's Strange Gods brings her iconoclastic vim and vigor to this, her debut trade book. She offers… See more details below

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Renowned in the blogosphere as The Anchoress and as Catholic Portal editor of the popular Patheos.com, Elizabeth Scalia offers a powerful critique of the "gods" we worship today, reminding readers that life's deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ. Elizabeth Scalia's Strange Gods brings her iconoclastic vim and vigor to this, her debut trade book. She offers readers a surprising look at the ways in which modern people still commit the sin of idolatry in their everyday lives. While literal golden calves no longer dot the landscape, Scalia describes how legitimate loves become obsessively twisted into idols. She identifies idolatry in a number of everyday experiences--friendships that become needy or possessive, commitments political and religious that grow so intense they lead to hatred of others, to name a few--and points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.

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Publishers Weekly
False gods are everywhere, and even those who hold a staunch religious faith worship them. So says Scalia, best known on the Internet for her popular religion blog, The Anchoress. While there may not be any literal golden calves as in Moses' time, a plethora of obstacles stand today between believers and God. These can disrupt the spiritual life and slowly guide people on paths toward despair, unhealthy solitude, and desolation. Among the laundry list of idols include technology, desires for wealth, casual sex, and a warped sense of patriotism. Everyone, according to the author, can be tricked to contort that which is good into something that saps the spirit and breeds cynicism. Scalia does not write as though she is above her readers—she knows she wrestles with the same idols as everyone else. Her thoughtful and often witty anecdotes pepper her analysis and serve to lighten a very serious topic. This is a welcome invitation to self-reflection that many spiritual seekers will find edifying. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594713576
Publisher:
Ave Maria Press
Publication date:
05/06/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
312,129
File size:
2 MB

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