Desirable God?: Our Fascination with Images, Idols, and New Deities

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Roger Burggraeve
Peeters Publishers, 2003 - 274 pages
The human fascination with images, and the idolatry or idolization of images as the source of desire, passion and terror, is treated in this book. The first part enters more deeply into religious idolatry, past and present. It treats the biblical, the early-Jewish as well as the Christian views on monotheism and the prohibition against images, as source of authentic humanism or as source of intolerance and violence. In the second part, the focus shifts onto a number of contemporary, profane idols and gods: the nationalist fascination for one's own land and people, and the fear or hate towards foreigners; the rampant preoccupation with (genetic) health, in a context of body culture and aestheticization, of which the postmodern sport idols have become the great 'icons'; the current image- and screen-culture and all forms of audiovisual exorcisms; and last but not least the ongoing process of economization and globalization, with an expanding culture of 'branding' logos.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
True Faith in God and Forms of Religious Idolatry
7
Faith in the One as Source of Violence
15
Inaccessible God
23
Religious Idolatry
31
Conclusion
38
Idolatry as Impurity
45
Humans Created and Called in the Image of
61
a Dynamic Event?
165
The Fascination With Ones Own Turf and the Violence
172
The Place of Health in Our Culture
180
the Past as Prologue?
187
Conclusion
196
and the Normalization of Excess
199
On the Catwalk
207
The ImageCulture
213

A Dynamic Image of
68
GodHuman and Not HumanGod
76
An Icon and Not an Idol of
86
Theology
93
The Apocalyptical Dimension of the Christian Faith
100
The AntiApocalyptical Temptation in Christianity
114
Authentic Humanism and Forms of Profane Idolatry
121
Between Idyll and Idol The Fascination with Ones
159
The Alleged Idolatry Free Idolatry
220
cal Figures of Globalization
241
the Christian and the Image
250
Afterword
261
Purified Desire
267
List of Contributors
273
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