In the time of Isaiah, prophet of Israel, it was commonplace for people to create their own gods. Probably not much different than today! People would have household gods, regional deities, all carved with human hands.

Around the globe, two extremes can be seen in how people respond to social and religious differences: violent extremism and unexamined tolerance. At one end of the spectrum, we see unloving and violent insistence that one group’s ways are the only way and other people need to get in line or pay the consequences. On the other hand, a common present-day human philosophy is that every person has the right to choose their own path and that no path is any more valuable or right than any other.