Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture

Idols for Destruction The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture The bookshelf next to my desk holds Christian classics and books I refer to often Idols sits on that shelf for Herb s lucid critique has been an invaluable reference for my own writings It helps beli

  • Title: Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture
  • Author: Herbert Schlossberg Charles W. Colson Robert H. Bork
  • ISBN: 9780891077381
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture

    The bookshelf next to my desk holds Christian classics and books I refer to often Idols sits on that shelf, for Herb s lucid critique has been an invaluable reference for my own writings It helps believers to understand the ideologies that undergird secular culture, and how they dramatically and dangerously differ from the Judeo Christian view based on adherence to ab The bookshelf next to my desk holds Christian classics and books I refer to often Idols sits on that shelf, for Herb s lucid critique has been an invaluable reference for my own writings It helps believers to understand the ideologies that undergird secular culture, and how they dramatically and dangerously differ from the Judeo Christian view based on adherence to absolute truth Charles Colson, Prison Fellowship Well written and highly readable discerning and critical analysis of our times a stimulating contribution Carl F H Henry This book has become a vade mecum for thousands of Christians who understand the cultural disaster of our time and are determined to do something about it Richard John Neuhaus, Editor in chief, First Things Now that Francis Schaeffer is no longer with us, Schlossberg is just about the most provocative Christian thinker around Harold O J Brown, Professor of Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Years before anyone talked about an American culture war, Herb Schlossberg penned an acute description of the crisis of virtue that is the domestic issue of the 1990s His diagnosis remains essential reading for everyone who believes that self governing republic requires self governing and morally serious citizens George Weigel, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center Thorough, provocative and especially penetrating If you want to think Christianly about culture Idols for Destruction is must reading John H White, President, Geneva College

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    1. Douglas Wilson

      Superb. I don't read a lot of books more than once, but this is one of them. Read the first time in September of 1983.

    2. John

      A brief review of this book is certain to fail in capturing the brilliance of this book. I suspect that outside of the Bible, this book is the most important and best book I will have ever read. This is not meant as hyperbole, but as respect for a book that is the best encapsulation that I've encountered of how the Christian ought to interact with the society around us--cultural, political, economic, and religious.I have typed nearly twenty pages of quotations from this book as I've read it to f [...]

    3. Brian

      This book was not the easiest to read, nor fun, but necessary. This book challenged my presuppositions, and yet after reading I felt I grasped about a tenth of what he was getting at. I have re-read sections throughout the years because it is a book that has a lot of depth to it. Enjoy at your own risk. The author shows the destructive nature of mans desire to replace God with a number of other things. The Bible warns time and again against making idols, but in the hearts longing for God it eith [...]

    4. Jeremy

      Marvin Olasky puts it in his top 5 books on Christian politics (along with Augustine's City of God, Foxe's Acts and Monuments, The Federalist Papers, and de Tocqueville's Democracy in America). Doug Wilson put this in his top 5 (along with Calvin's Institutes, Lewis's That Hideous Strength, N.D. Wilson's Tilt, and Beale's We Become Like What We Worship. "The Bible can be interpreted as a string of God's triumphs disguised as disasters" (304).Olasky's interview with Schlossberg.

    5. Daniel Alders

      Fantastic work by Schlossberg. Sets forth the situation clearly and leaves us with only one response. Schlossberg correctly identified the problems with American society back in the 80s, and his thoughts are relevant even now - 30 years later. A must read for anyone looking to build a Christian culture.

    6. Candice

      This book is something of a more "in-depth" version of Nancy Pearcey's "Total Truth". I recommend this book to any Christian seeking to look past the idols that have been erected in our society and see the truth of Christianity.

    7. John Wise

      Incredible. This book is extremely helpful and challenging. Five challenging quotes.When H.G. Wells published The Shape of things to Come in 1933, “he could see no better way to overcome the stubbornness and selfishness between people and nations than a desperate action by intellectual idealists to seize control of the world by force and establish their vision with a universal compulsory educational program.” p. 2“Humanitarian policies create situations that humanitarian theorists find int [...]

    8. Evan

      Since the beginning of time, a battle has been steadily raging, having as its object the complete control and sovereignty over the mind of mankind. This conflict is over the most important question of man’s existence: who or what is god? Who holds the ultimate authority, and who establishes the standards that guide my conduct? The roots of this conflict are found in the Garden of Eden, where the first man and woman succumbed to the temptation to “be as God.”1 This temptation has plagued th [...]

    9. Luke Miller

      This is an impressive book with comprehensive historical research and creative application to American culture. It presents a powerful critique of secular humanism and all related attachments.Schlossberg approaches culture, politics, and economics with solid biblical presuppositions, which is why the theme of idolatry is an apt metaphor for his book. He discusses the idols of history, nature, humanity, money, and power, and he shows how these idols are ultimately the fruit of distorting or denyi [...]

    10. Christopher

      This was a daunting read, but well worth the time. A trenchant look at the infidelities and apostasies that have always plagued mankind, with a lens to to modern idolatries of history and nature before the turn of the last century (most of it still hits home today) and the perennial cures that Christ alone, the Lord of history and nature provides.

    11. Mike E.

      Thesis of the book:"Our argument, then, is that idolatry and its associated concepts provide a better framework for us to understand our own society than do any of the alternatives."In this book, written in 1983, Schlossberg spends considerable intellectual energies identifying, dissecting, and exposing the idols of the landscape--as he sees them in 1983. He identifies the idols of that day: Historicism, Mammon, Humanism, Nature, Power, and Religion. The reader will gain insight and understandin [...]

    12. Thomas Achord

      Everyone should read this book. In many ways, Schlossberg was ahead of the curve on his observations and predictions. Here are a few quotes to entice you:"Men may risk everything, including their lives, for family, for wealth, for country, for class, or for the kingdom of God. Even the cynic who believes he is above all that nonsense has established a hierarchy of values; otherwise he could identify those values as nonsense." "The conflicting parties and the media create false dilemmas, and the [...]

    13. Matthew

      The definition of an idol is "an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship." Schlossberg culls the pages of history and pulls out big picture idols that we may not even recognize as "images" or "high places" of worship. Yet, man is an idol factory (thank you John Calvin) and these are but a few. Schlossberg's depth of study is truly impressive here. He weaves the idols together, shows their interdependence and leaves the reader armed with knowledge to confront the idols of ou [...]

    14. Jeff Beland

      " Irving Krystol of New York University concludes from this that poverty is a function of ideology and not of science. He suggests that a society that continually improves the lot of the poor while denouncing itself for not having done so is neurotic."The first copy of this book I own I stumbled across in a thrift shop and then quickly ordered a second copy so that I could have a keeper and a loner. Milo nor was stolen no surprise there as it's a very good book. what struck me about this book, w [...]

    15. Peter B.

      This book was good, though not particularly insightful for me (as many of the main points I had heard before from other sources). It was a good reminder of how much our society is plagued by loyalties to idols which complete with Christ. "Those who think Christians can easily use the world's artifacts and methods in the creation of a new synthesis underestimate the all-pervasiveness and subtlety of alien and hostile influences" (p. 322 in my copy). Our problems are not primarily political, econo [...]

    16. Garry Nation

      One of the top 10 most influential books I have read outside of the Bible. I read it years ago during PhD studies and refer back to it frequently.

    17. Lucas

      Really great. A must read for Christian fathers. I have two main criticisms: 1. It is a bit pedantic at times and, consequently, longer than it needed to be. 2. The merely passing references to the role of the church in the work of reformation was striking. The references are there, to be sure, but I think it reflects a weakness in Schlossberg's thinking. I think it reflects, in turn, a widespread weakness among Evangelical Christians of the second half of the 20th century.

    18. Michael

      The growth and decline cycle of civilization related more to compliance with ancient God-derived standards and providence, than to technology, innovation and education.Schlossberg shows that what (or Whom) we worship is directly linked to our individual and collective 'happiness' in the classical sense of that word.

    19. Steven Wedgeworth

      Good for its day, this one feels very dated. The cultural and political stuff isn't very sophisticated, and I'm sure that if I went back through this one carefully I'd have more problems than not. It's good for getting folks to think about "worldviews" in action, but you don't want to just leave them there.

    20. Thomas Kidd

      Why didn't I read this book before I was really old? This book written in the early 80s was prescient in every way. What are our idols? Read the book. How should we respond? Read the book. If you are skeptical, read the last chapter. That will propel you through the rest of the book.

    21. Spenser White

      Wow! That really all I have to say on this book. I expected it to be a book praising right-wing policies, no. It lambasted and praised both political perspectives when needed. Fantastic read!

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