Strange Gods by Elizabeth Scalia
Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

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Renowned in the blogosphere as The Anchoress and as Catholic Portal editor of the popular Patheos.com, Elizabeth Scalia offers a powerful critique of the "gods" we worship today, reminding readers that life's deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ.
Elizabeth Scalia's Strange Gods brings her iconoclastic vim and vigor to this, her debut trade book. She offers readers a surprising look at the ways in which modern people still commit the sin of idolatry in their everyday lives. While literal golden calves no longer dot the landscape, Scalia describes how legitimate loves become obsessively twisted into idols. She identifies idolatry in a number of everyday experiences--friendships that become needy or possessive, commitments political and religious that grow so intense they lead to hatred of others, to name a few--and points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.
 

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Elizabeth Scalia is a writer and blogger best known as The Anchoress. She writes at Patheos.com and First Things.
 
Published May 6, 2013 by Ave Maria Press. 192 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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False gods are everywhere, and even those who hold a staunch religious faith worship them. So says Scalia, best known on the Internet for her popular religion blog, The Anchoress. While there may not

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Patheos

Rulli has written a quasi-manual that helpfully encourages us in living the sort of ordinary Catholic life that, when lived with mindful attention and holy intention, has made saints out of some surprising people.

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Patheos

If I were Mrs. Obama – a mom with young children – I’d rather hear constructive criticism (and stick to what I know “works”) than hear the constant and unhelpful sighs of “isn’t everything she does just great,” which can really end up hurting more than helping a person.

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But Shakespeare – ah Shakespeare – there’s a whole industry devoted to trying to prove that somebody else wrote his plays.

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Beyond her writing, Ever has worked full-time for the National Catholic Register and the Manhattan Institute, and for the Institute on Marriage and Public Policy, the Bible Literacy Project, and the National Organization for Marriage.

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Patheos

I am not a Catholic but I share the Catholic world view and, I suppose, in some way I identify myself that way.

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Throughout the entire show there is an amount of romantic tension between Spike and Fey, even though Spike is still waiting for Julia.

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Elizabeth Scalia is a Benedictine Oblate and the Managing Editor of the Catholic Portal at Patheos.

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Patheos

Since Jesus defeated him over 2000 years ago he’s being very careful and the ones who follow Christ with a sincere heart and keep their nose clean, they will probably only have to deal with small daily evil and “IT” is kind of going through a sort of diet but in this case, we’ll call “IT” a “Spir...

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Patheos

But let’s try to make the not-difficult distinction between “scrutiny” and “character assassination.” For heaven’s sake, Sarah Palin has been running a whole state – one that looks at Russia and borders Canada and involves our energy policy – for two years, and before that she ran a town for 8 y...

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It’s definitely not a “things were so much better when I was young” book and more an acknowledgment that will all of the ways things ARE better and HAVE improved in the nation – with all the solutions and improvements – there are other problems that are eating at the heart of who we are as a nati...

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Patheos

My Lord’s love will triumph in this world, the world of the now, because I am one of the people He created to show this world His love.

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I mostly recall two types of Star Trek episodes: the ones where they fight something cool (Romulans, Klingons, a bearded Spock, or a giant killer ice-cream cone) or the ones where they fight something ridiculous (Nazis, gangsters, or Abraham Lincoln.

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I’ve promised me, myself and i that we would eventually buy your book and long story short, when and if time is found for me to sit down and read your book, “I’M” afraid that I might start thinking that you really are a goddess and/or sinner vic might just accuse me of playing favorites for not h...

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Mary was not chosen to be the mother of God, she was created to be the mother of God, and in her creation all the necessary elements were included by God.

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People have been wanting her to kick off for years because they hope it will undermine Obama.

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Maybe I’m being dramatic, or hoping too much, but I think CJ Roberts may have just pulled off a miracle: saved face for the supreme court (which was in the best interest of EVERYONE, not just one side or the other), embarrased Obama and gave his opposition tons of ammunition, gave the GOP a filib...

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