Idolatry of Blood
The world today is in turmoil. In Idolatry of Blood: Religion for a Post-Modern World, it is suggested this turmoil is due in part by the religions of the world, and, ultimately, the misinterpretation and teachings of the true word of God. Citing many passages from the Christian Bible, author Frederic Zurcher uses them to support his theory about God’s message about love and his perfect logic. Topics such as Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, the Devil, and the birth and death of Jesus and what purpose each served are discussed. This book also raises many questions about how and why the word of God is taught as it is, and why it should be reconsidered, and possibly changed, for the betterment of mankind.
Frederic Zurcher addresses some concepts in Idolatry of Blood: Religion for a Post-Modern World that can be interpreted by readers in many ways. I think that a person’s open mindedness, as well as their own religion (and how deeply rooted they are in their faith and its teachings), will impact how the message of the book is received. I did not see this book as a book that was preaching there was only one way. Instead, I saw this book as one that brings a very good question to the forefront of conversations that should be taking place. Our world is in turmoil, and the more advanced with science and the ability to create stronger means of weaponry, the more danger our world faces. In Idolatry of Blood: Religion for a Post-Modern World, Zurcher urges people to look back to the Bible, and see the logic that is behind the word of God.
While Zurcher’s solution for finding the true word and logic of God is based primarily in Christianity, people of other religions can take the message in this book, and look at their religion with new eyes for a message or a new way in which to reach the logic their faith holds. This book is one that needs to be read with an open mind and willingness to question. A great book for a theology class, or possibly a book club, where discussions can be started.
LISTEN to our interview with the author.