This discussion of idolatry is more a polemic against the Reformed notions of free will, predestination, and reprobation than it is a truly biblical study of idolatry. The author begins on page 1 of Chapter One by misinterpreting Jonathan Edward's use of the word "arbitrary" in his famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." This misunderstanding or misinterpretation of a common word then serves as the author's basis for arguing against various aspects of Reformed doctrine, particularly predestination and reprobation. These arguments continue throughout the book. His own theology is quite obviously Arminian and this is fine, but the constant polemics, contrasting the views of Reformed theologians (e.g. Wayne Grudem, John Piper) with his own position, detracts from his arguments. The concluding chapter of the book is nothing more than a polemical summation against various theologies (Reformed, "open theism," etc.), thus completing the picture of this book as an argument in favor of the author's personal theology.A better treatment by far, and at a more attractive price, is found in G.K. Beale's "We Become What We Worship". Beale's book is substantially longer, eschews the doctrinal arguments, and includes a concluding chapter that is truly insightful and valuable to the reader. There are no hidden agendas in Beale's book. It is scholarly, readable, and biblically thorough-going in its foundations.