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%ESSENTIAL FOUNDATIONS PERSONAL COMMUNAL INTEGRITY 050209 %IDOLATRY POLARIZE DICHOTOMY FOCUS REVERE WORSHIP 050209 %ULTIMATE CONCERN PRIORITY CONCERN EXCLUSION CREATE 050209 %GOD TALK THEOLOGY BIBLIOLATRY HOLY SCACRED SCRIPTS 050209 %EXPERIENCE AUTHORITY EXISTENTIAL CONCRETE LITERALS 050209 %ABSTRACT GENERAL THEORY RELATIVITY GRAVITY NEWTONS 050209 Idolatry is the worship of that which is not ultimately the appropriate focus of reverence offered with personal and communal integrity. Theology is "God-Talk"; a human creation; as it is "God-Talk-by-humans". We may reasonably call the worship of "God-Talk-by-humans" as "theolatry" in keeping with the nature of improper worship called "idolatry". In this case the idol is "theology". "Bibliolatry" is the worship of a bible; a holy book in which humans have played central roles. How can be sure that the contents of any bible are not in a central way a human creation? Is there any authority apart from the authoritative bible which is worshipped --- which attests to it being literally the words of transcendence? How are we to separate the works of domineering people and/or "The Domination System" from the presumed words of transcendence? What if the bibliolaters are domineering people? What are we told about that which is the focus of their worship? Can our experiences call it into question? If not, why not? (c) 2004 by Paul A. Smith in "Search for Honesty and Integrity" (On Being Yourself Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================