IDOLATRY


IDOLATRY
   the making of IMAGES to represent GOD or the GODS. Critics of idolatry say that people who use such things believe that they either are in some way indwelt by the God. Most worshipers of such images argue that they simply represent the God and act as aids to WORSHIP. Although popular in many religions such as in ancient Egypt, Greece, HINDUISM, and other religions of Indian origin, the making of such images was condemned in the HEBREW BIBLE and subsequently by CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM and RABBINIC JUDAISM. Ancient CHINESE and JAPANESE RELIGIONS seem to have been free from the use of images to represent the Gods until the introduction of BUDDHISM when they quickly accepted this new art form.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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  • Idolatry — • Etymologically denotes divine worship given to an image, but its signification has been extended to all divine worship given to anyone or anything but the true God Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Idolatry     Idolatry …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Idolatry — I*dol a*try, n.; pl. {Idolatries}. [F. idol[^a]trie, LL. idolatria, L. idololatria, Fr. Gr. ?; ? idol + ? service.] 1. The worship of idols, images, or anything which is not God; the worship of false gods. [1913 Webster] His eye surveyed the dark …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • idolatry — index laudation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • idolatry — (n.) mid 13c., from O.Fr. idolatrie, from V.L. idolatria, shortened from L.L. idololatria (Tertullian), from Eccles. Gk. eidololatria worship of idols, from eidolon image (see IDOL (Cf. idol)) + latreia worship, service (see LATRY (Cf. latry)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • idolatry — ► NOUN 1) worship of idols. 2) adulation. DERIVATIVES idolater noun idolatrous adjective. ORIGIN from Greek eid lon idol + latreia worship …   English terms dictionary

  • idolatry — [ī däl′ə trē] n. pl. idolatries [ME idolatrie < OFr < LL(Ec) idolatria < Gr(N.T.) eidōlolatreia: see IDOLATER] 1. worship of idols 2. excessive devotion to or reverence for some person or thing …   English World dictionary

  • Idolatry — The Adoration of the Golden Calf by Nicolas Poussin. Idolatry is a pejorative term for the worship of an idol, a physical object such as a cult image, as a god,[1] or practices believed to verge on worship, such as giving undue honour and regard… …   Wikipedia

  • IDOLATRY — Greek eidōlon originally meant image or fantasy. By the time of the Septuagint the term was used for images of gods. Idolatry is literally image worship. To grasp the character of image worship in biblical literature one must first realize that… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Idolatry —    Image worship or divine honour paid to any created object. Paul describes the origin of idolatry in Rom. 1:21 25: men forsook God, and sank into ignorance and moral corruption (1:28).    The forms of idolatry are,    1) Fetishism, or the… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • idolatry — /uy dol euh tree/, n., pl. idolatries. 1. the religious worship of idols. 2. excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, etc. [1200 50; ME idolatrie < ML idolatria, by haplology from LL idololatria Gk (NT) eidololatreía. See IDOL LATRY]… …   Universalium

  • Idolatry — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Idolatry >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 idolatry idolatry idolism Sgm: N 1 demonism demonism demonolatry Sgm: N 1 idol worship idol worship demon worship devil worship fire worship Sgm: N 1 zoolatry …   English dictionary for students


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