A idol is a representation of a divinity which is object of worship just like the divinity itself.
Vision monotheist of the idol
The Bible and the Coran refute the worship of the idols, because they see there a worship of a representation of God, representation which inevitably denatures the divine dimension of the divinity, by relegating it at the stage of the object. Many times in the history of the religions, the question of the representations of the divinity were posed, like their more or less Draconian prohibition (see Iconoclasme). hallelujah!!
The idol, contemporary version
A idol in current language current nominates a person who is used as model with part of the population, often a generation. This idol can be incarnated by a film star (for example James Dean, Marilyn Monroe or Brigitte Bardot), a star of the song or a group of pop or rock'n'roll (for example Mylène Farmer, Madonna, The Beatles, Johnny Hallyday, affublé of the term idol following the film Cherchez the idol (1964) where he interprets the idol of the young people , Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson or Kurt Cobain, singer of the group Nirvana), a character emblematic of a political struggle ( Che Guevara for example) or a sportsman (Zinedine Zidane in the field of the Football).
The modern idolatry appears by an obsession of all that touches, near or by far, with the life of the idol: Show business, private public life and, works and various goods related to the idol, photographs, vidéos, dedications, etc the idolatry can go until causing scenes of collective hysteria during the appearances of the idol in front of its fans.
Psychological aspects of the idolatry
The modern idolatry could be put in connection with a relative disappearance of the religious practices and institutional religious feeling. The needs for Déification of certain groups for human would fit from now on in a groundwork of worship of one or more human idols rather than in practice of a religion of tradition.
Moreover, the investment of disproportionate affects in a personality idolâtre would make it possible certain people in phase of construction of the identity to stabilize psyché to them by means of a phantasmagoric loan with psyché of the idol.
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