Os Guiness on Idolatry

The Sunday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is all about quotes. No commentary from me, no reflection, etc. Just a provocative or informative quote from a saint in church history.


Guiness Os“Idolatry is the most discussed problem in the Bible. Yet for Christians today it is one of the least meaningful notions, Idols are not just on pagan altars, but in well-educated hearts and minds. An idol is something within creation that is inflated to function as God. All sorts of things are potential idols, depending only on our attitudes and actions towards them. … Idolatry may not involve explicit details of God’s existence or character. It may well come up in the form of an over-attachment to something that is in itself perfectly good. … An idol can be a physical object, a property, a person, an activity, a role, an institution, a hope, an image, an idea, a pleasure, a hero, anything that can substitute for God.”

– Os Guiness in No God But God


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