Saving God: Religion After Idolatry

Princeton University Press (2009)

Abstract
In this book, Mark Johnston argues that God needs to be saved not only from the distortions of the "undergraduate atheists" but, more importantly, from the idolatrous tendencies of religion itself. Each monotheistic religion has its characteristic ways of domesticating True Divinity, of taming God's demands so that they do not radically threaten our self-love and false righteousness. Turning the monotheistic critique of idolatry on the monotheisms themselves, Johnston shows that much in these traditions must be condemned as false and spiritually debilitating. A central claim of the book is that supernaturalism is idolatry. If this is right, everything changes; we cannot place our salvation in jeopardy by tying it essentially to the supernatural cosmologies of the ancient Near East. Remarkably, Johnston rehabilitates the ideas of the Fall and of salvation within a naturalistic framework; he then presents a conception of God that both resists idolatry and is wholly consistent with the deliverances of the natural sciences. Princeton University Press is publishing Saving God in conjunction with Johnston's forthcoming book Surviving Death, which takes up the crux of supernaturalist belief, namely, the belief in life after death
Keywords Religion Philosophy  Supernatural  Natural theology  Idolatry
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2011
Buy the book $4.43 used (83% off)   $21.19 new (16% off)    Amazon page
Call number BL51.J75 2009
ISBN(s) 9780691152615   0691143943   9780691143941
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 43,865
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Is the Thomistic Doctrine of God as "Ipsum Esse Subsistens" Consistent?Giovanni Ventimiglia - 2018 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 10 (4):161.
What Theological Explanation Could and Could Not Be.John Bishop - 2018 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 10 (4):141.

View all 11 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Saving God: Religion After Idolatry. [REVIEW]Lynne Rudder Baker - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Mark Johnston: Saving God: Religion After Idolatry. [REVIEW]Elizabeth Burns - 2009 - The Philosophers' Magazine 47 (47):110-111.
Idolatry In The New Testament.Joel Marcus - 2006 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 60 (2):152-164.
Saving God: Religion After Idolatry.Donald J. Dietrich - 2013 - The European Legacy 18 (6):759-760.
Pride and Idolatry.R. R. Reno - 2006 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 60 (2):167-180.
Surviving Death.Mark Johnston - 2010 - Princeton University Press.
Surviving Death – Mark Johnston.Steven Luper - 2011 - Philosophical Quarterly 61 (245):884-887.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-09-15

Total views
118 ( #66,548 of 2,266,149 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #852,654 of 2,266,149 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature