Self-Idolatry and Scapegoating

The Supernatural Power of Desire


From the foundation of the world, human civilization has borne the mark of Cain—the one who, in a spirit of envy and competition, slew his brother and went on to build the first city with its weapons of war, commerce and trade. Enslaved by the desire to have what belongs to its neighbor and to “be as god,” fallen humanity, like its archetypal predecessor Cain, remains trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of increasing violence as it searches for someone to blame for its failure to obtain its desires.

Following in the footsteps of the apostle James, Self-Idolatry and Scapegoating pursues the question, “Where do wars and fights come from among you?” This searching survey examines key scriptural passages in an effort to uncover the mysterious spiritual forces and “elementary principles” lurking behind our everyday decisions—motives that lie at the root of entire political and economic systems of power and greed that have claimed millions of human lives over the past century alone.


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Blair Adams is a minister, author, artist, father and grandfather from central Texas. In 1973, Blair founded the Christian community now known as Homestead Heritage, a flourishing intentional agrarian community that has now spawned several more expressions across the U.S. and around the world. Drawing from his personal experience and decades of research, Blair has authored scores of books mostly directed towards the restoration of an authentic Christian culture. His works span a breadth of related topics, including education, history, religion, and family and community life. (Read more about Blair Adams)