Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

by Elizabeth Scalia
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Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life by Elizabeth Scalia

Elizabeth Scalia's "Strange Gods" 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 shows readers that idolatry is alive and kicking, causing havoc and unhappiness. Scalia describes how legitimate loves become obsessively twisted into idols: "spiritually deforming hate is very often conceived in love. We love our country; we love our community; we love our church; we love our traditions; we love our perception of ourselves; we love life; we love babies. Because we love these things, we are willing to engage in activities that support them. But sometimes . . . we become fully-enthralled activists, with our perspectives so narrowed that there leaves little room for give-and-take, or dialogue. Our blinders cut off our peripheral vision until mercy becomes invisible; there is only room for battle." Identifying 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—Scalia points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594713422
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 05/06/2013
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 775,593
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Scalia is a Benedictine Oblate and managing editor of the Catholic Channel at, where she blogs as The Anchoress. She is also a columnist at First Things and for The Catholic Answer. Scalia was a featured speaker at the Vatican's much-noted 2011 meeting with bloggers from around the world and has a multi-media presence that includes contributions to NPR and CBS News Online, and a stint as a regular panelist on the Brooklyn-diocese-produced current events program, In the Arena, seen at She is the author of Caring for the Dying with the Help of your Catholic Faith, was a contributor to Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind, and has been involved with the editing of both religious and secular books, most notably, Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium.

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Eclectic_ReaderPA More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Elizabeth Scalia's columns and decided to try this book. It is an eye-opener. Man so often puts something before God and this shows how many ways we unknowingly put nonsense before our love of God.