Herbert Schlossberg

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“Idolatry in its larger meaning is properly understood as any substitution of what is created for the creator. People may worship nature, money, mankind, power, history or social and political systems instead of the God who created them all. The New Testament writers, in particular, recognized that the relationship need not be explicitly one of cultic worship; a man can place anyone or anything at the top of his pyramid of values, and that is ultimately what he serves. The ultimacy of that service profoundly affects the way he lives. When the society around him also turns away from God to idols, it is an idolatrous society and therefore is heading for destruction. Western society, in turning away from Christian faith, has turned to other things. This process is commonly called secularization, but that conveys only the negative aspect. The word connotes the turning away from the worship of God while ignoring the fact that something is being turned to in its place.” – Herbert Schlossberg


The following recording of Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture, by Herbert Schlossberg, c. 1990, is made with kind permission of Crossway Publishers, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL. This recording is for personal use only.

Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture
Introduction
Chapter 1: Idols of History (Part 1 of 3)
Chapter 1: Idols of History (Part 2 of 3)
Chapter 1: Idols of History (Part 3 of 3)
Chapter 2: Idols of Humanity (Part 1 of 5)
Chapter 2: Idols of Humanity (Part 2 of 5)
Chapter 2: Idols of Humanity (Part 3 of 5)
Chapter 2: Idols of Humanity (Part 4 of 5)
Chapter 2: Idols of Humanity (Part 5 of 5)
Chapter 5: Idols of Power (Part 1 of 5)
Chapter 5: Idols of Power (Part 2 of 5)
Chapter 5: Idols of Power (Part 3 of 5)
Chapter 5: Idols of Power (Part 4 of 5)
Chapter 5: Idols of Power (Part 5 of 5)

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Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture, by Herbert Schlossberg

Herbert Schlossberg, a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a leading scholar on the relationship between Christianity and the societies in which it has existed. He received his B.A. from Bethel College, Masters degrees from the University of Missouri and American University, and a PhD in European intellectual history from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Schlossberg has also been a university history teacher, a Soviet military specialist at the CIA, a college dean, and a businessman. He is the author of eight books, including Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture.