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Rollins (Insurrection, 2011) puts forward a compelling case that both fundamentalists and unquestioning religious believers replace belief with idolatry. Using common cultural memes, including historic television shows like Miami Vice, Rollins strips away satisfaction from acceptance and leads the reader carefully and constructively toward a consideration of religious faith that is present-focused. As an experienced participant in theater as well as contemplative reflection, Rollins takes a personal rather than an academic approach. While some of the references to popular culture may feel dated, the points he draws from them are well founded. This is an excellent addition to popular collections and will serve as a good recommendation to book groups who are brave enough to venture beyond politics into that other socially ignored area of religion. --Francisca Goldsmith
“This full-scale repurposing of Christian vocabulary and endorsement of theological mystery is often deeply rewarding.” (Publisher's Weekly)
“Caveat emptor. Let the reader, the Christian, the skeptic beware, for with The Idolatry of God, Peter Rollins has taken his theological program of turning everything we believe upside down to the next level. Not content to simply subvert how we believe, Rollins now turns his attention to what we believe. If you don’t want your faith challenged, don’t read this book.” (Tony Jones, author of A Better Atonement)
Worked well 4 my husband's class,being on a low budget Thanks#Published 5 months ago by Carol J. Schoot
This book has helped me deal with and understand the brokenness of being human. I identified with the idea of holding God as an idol (placing God in the same category as money,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Colby
Rollins' title is a little misleading. Rather than attacking the idea of God as just an idol, he seems to challenge the very fabric of the Christian faith. Read morePublished 9 months ago by LV media watchdog
Reading these comments I'm struck by the difference in those that are most likely Protestant and others that are clearly Catholic (which I suppose I'd put Rollins). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Meanlilkitty
What I got out of this will likely be different than what you do. But I bet you will be glad you read it.Published 14 months ago by James Harrop