26 December 2010

Avodah zara

The difference between the religious perspective and the political perspective centers on how one ascribes meaning in the Bible to the term 'avodah zara.' In the one case avodah zara is a semantic issue that has to do with how a competing religion defines the heavenly realm; in the other case avodah zara is a substantive issue having to do with how power is understood and whether supreme power can be lodged in human mastery. 

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