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Eugene Peterson on Idolatry

March 22, 2015

Tonight, the message at Graymere will focus on idolatry, and this quote from Christ Plays in 10,000 Places has been on my mind all week (and will make an appearance in the sermon):

“An idol is god with all the God taken out. God depersonalized, God derelationalized, a god that we can use and enlist and fantasize without ever once having to (maybe “getting to” is the better phrase) receive or give love, and then go on to live, however falteringly, at our most human. The essence of idolatry is depersonalization. The idol is a form of divinity that requires no personal relationship. The idol is a form of divinity that I can manipulate and control. The idol reverses the God/creature relationship: now I am the god and the idol is the creature.”

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