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De Idololatria

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This chapter focuses on the topic of idolatry. Idolatry is called by a name made up of two parts, eidōlon and latreia, like the worship of, or slavery to an idol. It is an idol also if it is something that exists, but is a creature deemed to be a god, or on which divine worship is bestowed. Besides idolatry in the form of religious worship shown to a creature after God has been rejected, there is also the worship of a creature that is honoured alongside and with God, whether that creature be a hand-made image or some other thing chosen for worship without God's command. For it is a pointless and wrong contention of the papal theologians that no instance is found in the Old Testament where the worship of the true God in an image, or with or through an image, is referred to as idolatry.

Keywords: creature; God; idolatry; Old Testament; religious worship



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