Q&A: What definition do you think of when you say “monotheism” or “polytheism”?


by twid

Question by gossamer presents… Sarah!: What definition do you think of when you say “monotheism” or “polytheism”?
For instance, you could say monotheism means

1) believing that ONE God is supreme over other possible Gods

2) believing that only ONE God exists

3) believing that only ONE God exists, right now, but there could be another one in the future.

And then with polytheism, maybe a religion could believe there are many Gods, but only worship one, or they could believe there are many Gods, and worship many….

My point is, are the definitions intentionally vague, or what do you think when you hear the words “monotheist” and “polytheist?”

Best answer:

Answer by neil s
No, monotheism only means 2.

Add your own answer in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Q&A: What definition do you think of when you say “monotheism” or “polytheism”?

  1. When you get through the thousand demi Gods you will meet the real deal top dog, 1 king on the throne.

  2. Monotheism: belief that only one god exists.

    Polytheism: belief that many gods exist.

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