The gods and idols before whom we bow today and before whom we humble ourselves are no longer made of wood and stone. They are perhaps made of metal and paper and airwaves. They have set up camp in the mass media, in institutionalized rules of success, in moral and political routines. Or they are the gods of individual, regional, and national egoism: gods who are well known and at the same time difficult to grasp. As our environments give rise to feelings of dependence, their vague complexity oppresses us. There are many ways in which we seek to reduce this complexity, the complexity that constitutes our religious sense. There are many ways in which we construct, find, or select supposedly dependable powers that can direct our lives. Consciously or unconsciously, in piety or idolatry we strive for a clear and direct sense of God.
— Michael Welker, Creation and Reality, p28.