Davies 3

In his Lumen Christi lecture, Brian Davies shows how the idol of theistic personalism was diagnosed long ago, in fine Victorian English, by Matthew Arnold in 1875. Davies quotes Arnold’s God and the Bible:

In general, as God is said to have made man in his own image, the image of God, man has returned the compliment and has made God as being, outwardly or inwardly, in the image of man. What we in general do is to take the best thinking and loving of the best man, to better this best, to call it perfect, and to say that this is God. So we construct a magnified and non-natural man, by dropping out all that in man seems a source of weakness and inserting its contrary, and by heightening to the very utmost all that in man seems a source of strength, such as his thought and love.