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If anybody will play the part of Phinehas against "idolaters" -- that is the Queen of England and Philip of
John Knox and the Reformation Andrew Lang 1878
How happens it, in the midst of so many gods and different theogonies and particular worships, that there was never any religious war among the people called idolaters?
We are sometimes branded as idolaters, that is, as people who adore another or others than God.
The idolaters were the width of the room apart; and apparently unconscious of each other's presence.
The American Claimant Mark Twain 1872
The priests of Isis, when they were in Phœnicia, attempted to elevate our worship; but we are still idolaters, that is, mere men-worshippers.
"The Papooses I have just left do no worse than worship their idols, and are termed idolaters," muttered Amine.
The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat 1820
Jesus into the second person of an unknown Trinity, -- men, whom you or I scruple not to call idolaters?
God will punish them as he usually punishes idolaters, that is, when they stand in need of his help he will send them to the gods whom they have chosen, Judg. x.
Unless the devil was riding [made insane] the Pope, causing him to praise and establish these practices, whereby the people again and again revolted from Christ to their own works, and became idolaters, which is worst of all; moreover, it is neither necessary nor commanded, but is senseless and doubtful, and besides harmful.
The Smalcald Articles Martin Luther 1514
A careful and unbiased study of these and other verses, in their proper context, will reveal that the exhortations to fight "idolaters" and "unbelievers" are specific in nature and are not general injunctions for the murder of all those who refuse to accept Islam as their way of life.
Kabir Helminski: Does the Quran Really Sanction Violence Against 'Unbelievers'? Kabir Helminski 2010