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Strange Gods

Strange Gods

Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

by Elizabeth Scalia

“Creation is supposed to be sacramental: a window into the glory of God. But precisely because it’s so beautiful, we can make the mistake of worshipping and serving created things instead of the Creator."

—Mark Shea, author, blogger

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Through a powerful critique of the "gods" we worship today, Elizabeth Scalia reminds us that life's deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ.

Strange Gods: Read an Excerpt

Strange Gods: Read an Excerpt

"It is not a bad thing to want to be loved. Even a certain amount of ego and pride is not the worst thing. But left unchecked, they can enslave us."

Praise for

Praise for "Strange Gods"

"'Strange Gods' will leave you shocked by just how many things you've turned into idols, and inspired to turn back to the only one who is really worthy of our worship. A much-needed wake-up call."—Jennifer Fulwiler

A Q&A with Elizabeth Scalia

A Q&A with Elizabeth Scalia

Tony Rossi

What are you putting between yourself and God? Tony Rossi talks with Elizabeth Scalia about unmasking the idols in our lives.

The Anchoress Blog

The Anchoress Blog

Visit author Elizabeth Scalia's popular Patheos blog here.

Scalia at

Scalia at "First Things"

Read Elizabeth Scalia's Tuesday column at First Things here.

Publicity for Strange Gods:

  1. Live interview on The Ed Morrissey Show: 4/30/13, 5 pm

  2. Live interview on SQPN Weekend: 4/27/13

  3. Live interview on The Ed Morrissey Show: Date/Time TBA

  4. Live interview on EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show: Date/Time TBA

  5. Taped interview on EWTN’s Faith and Culture: Airing 5-17-13 and 5-31-13

  6. Live interview on Catholic Answers Live: 6-7-13 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.ET

Book Club Roundtable

The Strange God of

The Strange God of "I"

Calah Alexander

From the serious to the mundane, I can make an idol out of anything that I can make mine, which is everything. We all can.

Casting Down Our Own Idols

Casting Down Our Own Idols

Greg Garrett

Knowing that the God who loves us totally wants to be loved totally in response offers a powerful counter to our very human failings.

The Idol of

The Idol of "I"

Frank Viola

The idols that we face today are more numerous than those of the ancient world. And the chief idol is ourselves.

A Thorough Reality Check

A Thorough Reality Check

Pat Gohn

Scalia affirms, ultimately, that Christianity as a yes - at its heart is a benevolent and loving God Who really is worthy of all attempts at idol smashing.

Finding Freedom

Finding Freedom

Elizabeth Duffy

Like all really wonderful books, Strange Gods has caused me to make some reassessments in how I'm living my own life. 

Strange Gods and the Idolatry of Me

Strange Gods and the Idolatry of Me

Rebecca Hamilton

The seminal idol is always ourselves. All the rest flows from that.

Idols in Everyday Life? Where?

Idols in Everyday Life? Where?

Sarah Reinhard

I wasn't sure how an entire book about idolatry could speak to me or even make sense. And yet, in under 200 pages, Scalia has defined and demonstrated the concept so well that I can't go through my life blindly any longer.

Scalia V. Shaquille

Scalia V. Shaquille

Nancy French

People of all faiths would benefit from spiritual conversation like the one I imagine in my dream scenario involving Scalia and Shaq.


Advanced Humility: Think on Thy Sins

Advanced Humility: Think on Thy Sins

Dorian Speed

I've starred and underlined passage after passage in this book - some made me wince in recognition, others made me laugh, and it all made me think. 

How to Lose Your Soul While Fighting the Good Fight

How to Lose Your Soul While Fighting the Good Fight

Andrew Klavan

When we are reminded of such all-too-human errors -- in good prose, by a writer of assiduous humility and self-awareness -- it dims the bright distractions of our righteous indignation for a little while ... and helps us get our hearts back on course.

Unmasking an Idol, Revealing a Truth

Unmasking an Idol, Revealing a Truth

Rick Rice

Unlike too many faith-focused books I've laid my hands on in the recent past, this book was a literal page turner, with one insight after another worthy of noting, worthy of sharing.

Vision Vs. Agenda

Vision Vs. Agenda

Bruce Epperly

Strange Gods is an open-spirited challenge to all the "musts" that we require in order to be happy, claim success, or live according to the one true faith.

A Lot to Say in a Little Book

A Lot to Say in a Little Book

Abbey Roads

Elizabeth really has something important - and new - to say, and a book was necessary to make a statement.

Blogging Through Strange Gods

Blogging Through Strange Gods

Chris Henrichsen

Reading the introduction, I think this is a book I'm going to relate to. As I look at the chapter headings ... man, I might be in need of a lot of repentance.

iDolatry? There an App for That!

iDolatry? There an App for That!

Joanne McPortland

We are all, in some way, in some form, always teetering on the edge of going-on-four, with the world revolving around us, with stuff that we will have or things that we will do because the strange god that is the "I" in idol demands to be served.

Avoiding the Idols of our Everyday Lives

Avoiding the Idols of our Everyday Lives

Russell Shaw

Other people's idols are usually obvious, but our own tend to be invisible - to us, that is.

Help Us Remember Who We Are

Help Us Remember Who We Are

Laurel Dalrymple

Strange Gods gives us a great visual picture of what idolatry actually is: looking at God through something else, instead of looking at Him clearly.

Making Love

Making Love

Will Duquette, OP

Love is something you have to make -- something you have to build, every day. If you are not willing to sacrifice your time and effort for someone, you don't love them.

All Stuff, No Fluff

All Stuff, No Fluff

Austin Fleming

I recommend this book for pastoral ministers, preachers, catechists and any folks willing to have their own idols unmasked. 

A Gut Check

A Gut Check

Pete Socks

I cannot see how anyone can read through this book without a resounding palm to the forehead, "what have I been doing," moment. 

Cathoic Book Blogger Interviews Scalia

Cathoic Book Blogger Interviews Scalia

Pete Socks

The reason I was the right person to write the book is because I've been an idolator all my life. Hey, hey, we're the Monkees! 

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