Bibliography on Idolatry

Paul K. Moser

Loyola University of Chicago


Abbott, H. Mark. 1996. “When Idols are Worshipped.” Preaching 12: 38-41.


Adams, Robert M. 1999. Finite and Infinite Goods, chap. 8. New York: Oxford University Press.


______. 1992. "Idolatry and the Invisibility of God." In Interpretation in Religion, pp. 39-52. Edited by S. Biderman and B. Scharfstein. Leiden: Brill.

Alston, William. 1958. “Tillich on Idolatry.” Journal of Religion 38: 263-67.


Arnold, Clinton E. 1992. Power and Magic: The Concept of Power in Ephesians. Grand Rapids: Baker Books.


______. 1997. Three Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare. Grand Rapids: Baker Books.

Bakan, David. 1961. “Idolatry in Religion and Science.” Christian Scholar 44: 223-30.

Barfield, Owen. 1957. Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry. London: Farber.

Benson, Bruce. 2002. Graven Ideologies: Nietzsche, Derrida, and Marion on Modern Idolatry. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.


Benson, Iain. 1998. "C.S. Lewis and the Unknown Idols of 'Secularism' in the 21st Century."


Berkhof, Hendrikus. 1962. Christ and the Powers. Transl. by J.H. Yoder. Scottsdale, Penn.: Herald Press.

Blackie, Bruce. 1975. Gods of Goodness: The Sophisticated Idolatry of the Main Line Churches. Philadelphia: Westminster.

Brueggemann, Walter. 1988. Israel’s Praise: Doxology Against Idolatry and Ideology. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.

Buck, Harry. 1974. “Worship, Idolatry, and God.” In Light unto My Path. Edited by H. Bream. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.


Buechsel, F. 1964. "eidolon." In Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Vol. II, pp. 380-81. Edited by G. Kittel and G. Friedrich. Transl. by G.W. Bromiley. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Calvert, Nancy. 1993. "Abraham and Idolatry." In Paul and the Scriptures of Israel, pp. 222-37. Edited by C.A. Evans and J.A. Sanders. Sheffield, Eng.: JSOT Press.

Chisholm, Robert. 1995. “‘To Whom Shall You Compare Me?’: Yahweh’s Polemic against Baal and the Babylonian Idol-Gods in Prophetic Literature.” In Christianity and the Religions. Edited by E. Rommen. Pasadena, Cal.: William Carey Library.

Coutsoumpos, Panayotis. 1997. “The Social Implications of Idolatry in Revelation 2: 14: Christ or Caesar?” Biblical Theology Bulletin 27: 23-7.


Curtis, Edward. 1992. "Idol, Idolatry." In The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Vol. 3, pp. 376-81. Edited by David Noel Freedman. New York: Doubleday.

Dawes, Gregory. 1996. “The Danger of Idolatry: First Corinthians 8:7-13.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 58: 82-98.

Elkin, Judith. 1993. “Imagining Idolatry: Missionaries, Indians, and Jews.” In Religion and the Authority of the Past. Edited by T. Siebers. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Ellul, Jacques. 1975. The New Demons. Transl. by C.E. Hopkin. New York: Seabury.


______. 1985. The Humiliation of the Word. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Faur, Jose. 1978. “Biblical Idea of Idolatry.” Jewish Quarterly Review 69: 1-15.


Fee, Gordon. 1977. "II Corinthians 6:14—7:1 and Food Offered to Idols." New Testament Studies 23:148-54.

Fitzpatrick, Elyse. 2001. Idols of the Heart. Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company.

Garlington, D. 1990. “Hierosylein and the Idolatry of Israel (Romans 2: 22).” New Testament Studies 36: 142-51.

Halbertal, Moshe, and Avishai Margalit. 1992. Idolatry. Translated by N. Goldblum. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Hamilton, Kenneth. 1973. To Turn from Idols. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Hartshorne, Charles. 1970. “Two Forms of Idolatry.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 1: 3-15.


Henry, Carl. 1968. "Mars Hill and Modern Myths." In Best Sermons, Vol. X: 1966-1968, pp. 300-308. Edited by G.P. Butler. New York: Trident.

Hinkelammert, Franz. 1983. “The Economic Roots of Idolatry: Entrepreneurial Metaphysics.” In Idols of Death and the God of Life. Edited by P. Richard et al. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books.

Hoppe, Leslie. 1983. “Isaiah 58:1-12, Fasting and Idolatry.” Biblical Theology Bulletin 13: 44-7.

Horsley, Richard. 1989. “Idols, Demons, and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion: Biblical Traditions Informing Ethics.” Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers (28): 634-55.

Hull, Ernest. 1912. Studies in Idolatry. St. Louis, Mo.: Herder.

"Idol" and "Idolatry". 1982. In The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, rev. ed., Vol. 2, pp. 794-800. Edited by G.W. Bromiley. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.


Johnson, Luke T. 1990. Faith's Freedom. Minneapolis: Fortress.

Klug, Eugene. 1981. “The Electronic Church.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 45: 261-80.

Koyama, Kosuke. 1984. Mount Fuji and Mount Sinai: A Critique of Idols. London: SCM.

Leyburn, James. 1960. “Idols We Bow Before.” Christian Century 77: 992-4.


Loew, Cornelius. 1956. Modern Rivals to Christian Faith. Philadelphia: Westminster.

Low, Anthony. 1989. “Idolatry, Iconoclasm, and Beauty of Form.” Christianity and Literature 38: 5-12.


Mackay, John. 1969. Christian Reality and Appearance. Richmond, Va.: John Knox Press.

May, Gerald. 1988. Addiction and Grace. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.

Meadors, Edward. 2001. “Idolatry and the Hardening of the Heart in Romans 1-2.” Proceedings —Eastern Great Lakes and Midwest Biblical Societies: 15-31.

McLeod, Mark. 1994. “Religious Plurality and Realist Christianity: Idolatry and the Testing of One’s Faith.” Faith and Philosophy 11: 224-41.

Meeks, Wayne. 1982. “ ‘And rose up to play’: midrash and paraenesis in 1 Corinthians 10: 1-22.” Journal of the Study of the New Testament 16: 64-78.

Moroney, Stephen. 2000. The Noetic Effects of Sin. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books.

Moser, Paul. 2002. "Cognitive Idolatry and Divine Hiding." In Divine Hiddenness, pp. 120-48. Edited by D. Howard-Snyder and P.K. Moser. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Murphy, Frederick. 1988. “Retelling the Bible: Idolatry in Pseudo-Philo.” Journal of Biblical Literature 107: 275-87.


North, Christopher. 1961. "The Essence of Idolatry." In Von Ugarit nach Qumran, pp. 151-60. Edited by J. Hempel and L. Rost. Berlin: Alfred Topelmann.


Page, Sydney. 1995. Powers of Evil: A Biblical Study of Satan and Demons. Grand Rapids: Baker Books.


Peters, Ted. 1994. Sin: Radical Evil in Soul and Society. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Pfeiffer, Robert. 1924. “The Polemic against Idolatry in the Old Testament.” Journal of Biblical Literature 43: 229-40.


Plantinga, Cornelius. 1995. Not the Way It's Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Powlison, David. 1995. "Idols of the Heart and 'Vanity Fair'." The Journal of Biblical Counseling 13: 35-50.

Ramachandra, Vinoth. 1996. Gods that Fail: Modern Idolatry & Christian Mission. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Richard, Pablo. 1983. "Biblical Theology of Confrontation with Idols." In The Idols of Death and the God of Life, pp. 3-25. Edited by Pablo Richard. Trans. by B.E. Campbell and B. Shepard. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books.

Rommen, Edward, ed. 1995. Christianity and the Religions: A Biblical Theology of World Religions. Pasadena, Cal.: William Carey Library.

Rosner, Brian. 1999. “The Concept of Idolatry.” Themelios 24: 21-30.

Sandelin, Karl. 1996. “The Jesus-Tradition and Idolatry.” New Testament Studies 42: 412-20.

Saslaw, Shep. 1971. “Idolatry.” Sophia 10: 14-19.


Schlossberg, Herbert. 1990. Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway.

Scott, Peter. 1994. Theology, Ideology, and Liberation: Towards a Liberative Theology. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Seeskin, Kenneth. 1995. No Other Gods: the Modern Struggle Against Idolatry. West Orange, N.J.: Behrman House.

Smit, Joop. 1997. “ ‘Do Not Be Idolaters’: Paul’s Rhetoric in First Corinthians 10:1-22.” Novum Testamentum 39: 40-53.

________. 1997. “The Rhetorical Disposition of First Corinthians 8:7-9:27.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 59: 476-91.


Smith, Bill. 1996. "The Dynamic of Idolatry: The Work of Luke T. Johnson with Implications for Psychotherapy." Journal of Psychology and Christianity 15: 5-16.

Smith, Norris. 1982. “The Idolatry of Objectivity.” NICM Journal 7: 90-96.


Sobrino, Jon. 1987. Jesus in Latin America, chap. 4. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books.

Songer, Harold. 1983. “Problems Arising from the Worship of Idols: 1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1.” Review and Expositor 80: 363-75.


Stone, Dan, and Greg Smith. 2000. The Rest of the Gospel: When the Partial Gospel Has Worn You Out. Dallas: One Press.

Stringfellow, William. 1986. “Imposters of God: An Expose of Idolatry.” Sojourners 15: 36-7.

Taber, Charles. 1988. “God vs. Idols: A Model of Conversion.” Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education 3: 20-32.

Tertullian. 200. “On Idolatry.” In The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. III: Latin Christianity: Its Founder, Tertullian, pp. 61-76. Edited by A. Roberts and J. Donaldson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978.


Thielicke, Helmut. 1959. The Waiting Father: Sermons on the Parables of Jesus. Transl. by J.W. Doberstein. New York: Harper and Row.


______. 1960. Our Heavenly Father: Sermons on the Lord's Prayer. Transl. by J.W. Doberstein. New York: Harper and Row.


______. 1963. The Freedom of the Christian Man. Transl. by J.W. Doberstein. New York: Harper and Row.


______. 1963. Life Can Begin Again: Sermons on the Sermon on the Mount. Transl. by J.W. Doberstein. Philadelphia: Fortress.


______. 1984. Being Human ... Becoming Human. Transl. by G.W. Bromiley. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday.


Twelftree, G.H. 1985. Christ Triumphant: Exorcism Then and Now. London: Hodder and Stoughton.


Vahanian, Gabriel. 1964. Wait without Idols. New York: George Braziller.


______. 1966. No Other God. New York: George Braziller.

Wallis, Jim. 1979. “Idols Closer to Home: Radical Christian Substitutes for Grace.” Sojourners 8: 10-14.


Welch, Ed. 2001. Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave. Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company.


_______. 1992. "Codependency and the Cult of the Self." In Power Religion, pp. 219-43. Edited by M.S. Horton. Chicago: Moody Press.


Wink, Walter. 1998. The Powers that Be. New York: Doubleday.

Zachman, Randall C. 1993. "The Idolatrous Religion of Conscience." In Zachman, The Assurance of Faith: Conscience in the Theology of Martin Luther and John Calvin. Minneapolis: Fortress.