On 2007-01-12, Brand Robins wrote:
The problem with the word “idolatry” is that it doesn’t, in my experience and study, have much of anything to do with people whose religion actually involves the veneration of an idol.
The way I’d define it, personally, has more in common with your definition. It could also include lots of consumerist idols—folks that worship their fucking Porche, for example.
But the general use of the word seems to smack of religious superiority to me. i.e. “We worship GOD while you worship a ROCK.” When, of course, the speaker doesn’t understand what the person venerating the rock is actually doing.