Written from a Catholic perspective, Scalia is masterful in her unfolding of “other gods” that stand in the way of the one true God.
One chapter that’s worth the price of the book is called “The Idol of Technology.” It’s an excellent presentation of how the “illusory world” of the Internet can detract us from the “real world” of human beings and become an idol in itself.
While the Internet has a great deal of good in it, it’s also device for much evil – particularly for spreading lies, distortions, and slander against others. Unfortunately, if someone puts something on a blog – even if it’s false – some people will tend to believe it.
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Other chapters of interest are the idols of plans, prosperity, ideas, and of course, the idol of “I.”
In the word of Jennifer Fulwiler, “Strange Gods will leave you shocked by just how many things you’ve turned into idols, and inspired to turn back to the only one who is really worthy of our worship. Thank you to Elizabeth Scalia for a much-needed wake-up call.”
The idols that we face today are more numerous than those of the ancient world. And the chief idol is ourselves.
As Anne Lamott wisely said, “The difference between you and God is that God doesn’t think He’s you.”