We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
He called Keller a prophet. (He refers to anyone who speaks difficult, deep Truths as "speaking prophetically.") On the subject of even good things becoming false idols, he used these Keller quotes which I took from an Amazon review:
"The human heart takes good things like a successful career, love, material possessions, even family, and turns them into ultimate things. Our hearts deify them as the center of our lives, because, we think, they can give us significance and security, safety and fulfillment, if we attain them." Thus anything can be an idol and, really, everything has been an idol to one person or another. The great deception of idols is we are prone to think that idols are only bad things. But evil is far more subtle than this. "We think that idols are bad things, but that is almost never the case. The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect that it can satisfy our deepest needs and hopes. Anything can serve as a counterfeit god, especially the very best things in life."
In the end, I think it is about human-to-human relationships, what we have now around us in this life. Life is about having deep, personal relationship with other people. If you do this through "church", great. But I beleive you become a hermit monk and go into the mountains alone to worship God you are wasting your life more than an agnostic who has deep friendships and personal relationships.
This is a great book, and I have read it twice in a period of a week. Keller can "preach the grease off the kitchen wall," and he writes very well. His last book, "The Reason for God," is also worth reading.
Thanks for the heads up on Keller's new book. His "The Reason for God" is truly extraordinary and should be read by everyone. Wills "Why I Am a Catholic" is also a very interesting book, especially to anyone interested in Christian unity.