- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: Crossway Books (June 15, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0891077383
- ISBN-13: 978-0891077381
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture Paperback – June 15, 1993
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Herb Schlossberg (PhD, University of Minnesota) is a historian and has served as a senior analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency. The author of several books, he lives with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia, and they have three grown children and nine grandchildren.
Charles "Chuck" Wendell Colson (1931–2012) was an Evangelical Christian leader who founded Prison Fellowship and BreakPoint. Prior to his conversion to Christianity, he served as Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973.
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As for content, I concur with the observations made in the previous review entitled "Examine your preconceptions". Adding anything more would be redundant.
Update: I have read this book five times, refer to it frequently, and regularly use excerpts when teaching seminars and classes. My current economics students are reading chapter three, "Idols of Mammon". Parents have commented on how wise and perceptive their students are becoming as a result. I would love to use this book as the basis for an introductory college course.
Written in 1990, it is somewhat dated in terms of mindset: the world has changed beyond imagination since then, although his insights remain useful. His integrated analysis of politics, history and chronology charts the path of cultural thought that has brought us to the current wave of secular humanism, scientism and materialism.
I agree with a majority of his conclusions, although as ever it is the relatively minor points of disagreement that stick with us. I sense, for example, a slight touch of middle-class arrogance. He seems to come at everything from a comfortable academic background -as he casually takes a year off to write a book. He views the poor as poor by choice. He laments the government acquisition of land for ecological preservation because it drives up house prices. He has a disdain for organised humanitarianism. And so on.
He deals in broad, very conservative generalisations. His reasoning progresses with broad brush-strokes. This can be slightly annoying, because of the numerous exceptions. Ultimately it is a worthwhile read, although after a while his style is a bit numbing .. and be ready to temper his conclusions with a varied perspective.
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And only one reading is not enough to absorb everything.