On 1/12/2012 5:52 AM, John Morgenstern wrote:
> Does anyone know the origin of the term "Strange Gods"? The OED offers
> no insight (so far as I can see at a cursory glance). I assume that it's
> a biblical allusion, referring to the worship of non-Christian gods. If
> so, is anyone familiar with the particular chapter and verse? Even more
> usefully, has anyone come across any explanation of Eliot's application
> of the term in scholarly discourse?
> With appreciation,
Don't know for sure if this is the source but "strange gods" appears in
King James' Deuteronomy 32:16 ("They provoked him to jealousy with
strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.") Earlier in
Deuteronomy 32 (verses 4 and 5) is "He is the Rock, his work is perfect:
for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just
and right is he. / They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not
the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation."
Eliot in ASG was discussing orthodoxy (tradition) and heterodoxy (heresy)
(p. 21, just after the infamous "race and religion" remark on p. 20)
and pick your choice of presentation.