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In polytheism the gods are personified, distinguished by functions, related to one another in a cosmic family, and the subjects of myths and legends.
Polytheism is distinguished from theism, also called monotheism, on the basis of polytheism's claim that divinity, while personal and distinguished from the universe, is many rather than one.
Socrates was sentenced to death for "impiety" and "atheism" in denying the deities worshipped by Athens and for corrupting the youth.
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 polytheism - HighBeam Encyclopedia
POLYTHEISM [polytheism], belief in a plurality of gods in which each deity is distinguished by special functions.
Polytheism probably is a development from an earlier polydemonism, characterized by a variety of disassociated and vaguely defined spirits, demons, and other supernatural powers.
Unlike the supernatural forces in polydemonism, however, those of polytheism are personified (see anthropomorphism) and organized into a cosmic family.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-polythei.html   (382 words)

 New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. IX: Petri - Reuchlin | Christian Classics Ethereal Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Polytheism or the doctrine and belief that there are more gods than one is the more scientific term for what is otherwise known as idolatry and heathenism, and refers to those religions which are in contradistinction to the monotheism of Judaism, Christianity, and Mohammedanism.
Polytheism is the lapse from the living God to the worship of vain idols and the perversion of divinely revealed truth in order to smuggle in falsehood, darkness of spirit, and association with demons.
In like manner, various motives entered into the creation of early myths; and neither the one-sided interpretation of myths as personifications of meteorological phenomena nor the one sided anthropology of the euhemerists nor the operation of diabolical forces as held by early orthodoxy is in accord with the actual state of affairs.
www.ccel.org /ccel/schaff/encyc09.polytheism.html   (2250 words)

 Polytheism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Polytheism is belief in or worship of and equal gods or divinities.
Some Jewish and Islamic regard the Christian doctrine of the trinity as bordering on polytheism a view Christians in general strongly reject.
Mueller however spoke of a tendency to one being or principle recognized as such as many and this particular theism was henotheism.
www.freeglossary.com /Polytheism   (874 words)

 Polytheism - SkepticWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Some polytheists distinguish between “strong” and “weak” polytheism, with a “weak” polytheist believing that the gods are separate aspects of one God.
Clarke’s law states that any sufficiently advanced technology resembles magic: the obvious converse is that that any fable of sufficiently advanced magic will resemble an account of advanced technology: but this is not a good reason to suppose that the myths are true.
The polytheism of the classical world was eventually swept away by the monotheism of Christianity; many of its temples were converted into churches.
www.skepticwiki.org /wiki/index.php/Polytheism   (3747 words)

 PHILOSOPHY : On Henotheism : beyond Monotheism and Polytheism
In Early Egyptian polytheism (Predynastic, Early Dynastic and Old Kingdom), the activities of the deities are mutually exclusive and notwithstanding their localized and geosentimental activities, each is called "great" ("wr") and deemed responsible for the origin of the universe.
Polytheism cannot be harmonized with a conceptual approach, for it is fundamentally non-verbal, rooted in myth and psychomorph pre-rationality.
Polytheism denies conceptuality and atomizes the deities, whereas monotheism is unable to imagine the functional differences animating God (who is considered to be Alone).
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"Polytheism is the name given to a specific religious situation," one that is "characterized by plurality, a plurality that manifests itself in many forms." For instance, socially speaking, "polytheism is a situation in which there are various values, patterns of social organization, and principles by which man governs his political life.
Although polytheism remained "in the underground or countercultural tradition of the West" throughout the 2,000-year reign of monotheistic thought, it did not have any significant effect in the West.[17] Miller takes note of the connection of polytheism with the many New Age-type religions.
First, polytheism frees one from the monotheistic idea that he must "get it all together." Polytheism points "to the possibility that 'keeping it all apart' is a safe, a realistic, and an exciting way to 'go on.'" Second, polytheism better accounts for the nature of human beings.
www.iclnet.org /pub/resources/text/cri/cri-jrnl/crj0143a.txt   (3990 words)

However, in polytheism, these supernatural forces are personified and organized into a cosmic family.
In addition to Egypt, Greece and Rome, polytheism was widespread in ancient Asian, African, European and Native American cultures.
Polytheism characterizes the beliefs of Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shintoism in the East, and also contemporary tribal religions in Africa and the Americas.
www.allabouthistory.org /polytheism.htm   (608 words)

 polytheism - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Polytheism, belief in the existence of many gods or divine beings.
It has been widespread in human cultures, past and present, and has taken many...
In polytheism, there are many holy beings, each manifesting some particular divine attribute or caring for some particular aspect of nature or of...
ca.encarta.msn.com /polytheism.html   (97 words)

 Polytheism - TheoWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Polytheism is a belief in more than one god.
Hard polytheism means that the person believes that the Gods they worship are distinct individual deities.
Within polytheism, especially today, there are two kinds of polytheists, eclectic and recon.
www.theowiki.com /index.php/Polytheism   (345 words)

 Polytheism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Polytheism is the worship of many gods and goddesses.
A familiar example of polytheism are the religions of civilizations such as Greece and Rome.
Mercury was thought to be a young man with winged feet and was worshipped as the god of speed.
www.kheper.net /topics/worldviews/polytheism.html   (249 words)

 Germanic Polytheism - Ancient Roman Empire Forums   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
While they form a minority of those interested in Germanic polytheism, they are a very vocal and very visible group who are associated unfairly with those who share their religion but not their politics.
This is perhaps one of the strongest legacies of Germanic polytheism, as Britain and its former colonies are influenced by Common Law.
I will go deeper into the Germanic Polytheism on a later date, however just that much, in southern germany/austria there were slightly different names for the norse gods and some of them made it into days of the week...
www.unrv.com /forum/index.php?showtopic=2753   (2759 words)

 Polytheism in the Old Testament
Polytheism in the O.T. Examples of texts that demonstrate an implicit assumption of multiple gods: Exod 15.11; 18.11; 20.3; 23.24; Num 25.2; Deut 10.17; Josh 24.15; 1 Kgs 11.2-10; 2 Kgs 17.31
The contrast in the tonality (polytheism a quiet assumption; monotheism a strident polemical claim) of the two kinds of evidence for mono- and polytheism is itself evidence for the counter-cultural nature of monotheism in ancient Israel.
The issue of mono- versus polytheism, for ancient Israel (pre-586 BCE) has been skewed by polemical ideological (aka theological) trends in the subsequent development of this cultural tradition.
www.ucalgary.ca /~eslinger/genrels/issues/polytheism.html   (631 words)

 Ahmed Baki's Sufism and Science Page
Polytheism is polytheism, regardless of whether we consider it as open or hidden.
The expressions of apparent (visible) and unseen (invisible) polytheism (or open and hidden polytheisms) were always used for the two sides of polytheism in the consciousness.
Polytheism is a term given to the state that the individual accepts the existence of an object to be worshiped other than the One pointed out and named as ALLAH and lives so.
www.ahmedbaki.com /english/articles/hiddenpolytheism.htm   (1264 words)

 On the Value of Polytheism - ADF Neopagan Druidism
When we take up polytheism, we are plainly rejecting the claims of some religions that their God is the creator, owner and operator of the Cosmos.
In polytheism all the god/desses worship one another, and their worshippers are seldom restricted to a single deity or form of worship.
Each person will in time develop a very personal set of god/desses and spirits to whom she gives worship Personal ancestors and local spirits of the land combine with the gods of one's labor and skill and the general worship of one's community to create religion with unique combinations in every household.
www.adf.org /articles/identity/polytheism-value.html   (1658 words)

 What is Polytheism and how I became Polytheistic
Polytheism is what happens when you know more than one God, or at least that’s how it happened to me. Coming across the Kali image in Ram Dass’s Be Here Now broadened my horizons and sent me looking for more.
Polytheism has a place in the world’s future partly because of its broadly inclusive nature.
Polytheism on the other hand speaks to a kind of openness in its very structure that welcomes a plurality of ‘theses’.
www.hermetic.com /webster/polytheism.html   (4131 words)

 From Monotheism to Polytheism
This raises an important point; namely, the possibility that polytheism never did arise by the evolution of polydemonism, but because the attributes of a single God were differently emphasized by different people until those people in later years came to forget that they were speaking of the same Person.
There is a monotheism that precedes the polytheism of the Veda; and even in the invocation of the innumerable gods the remembrance of a God one and infinite, breaks through the mist of idolatrous phraseology like the blue sky that is hidden by passing clouds.
The gross polytheism of paganism in the classical world of Rome and Greece can be accounted for not as man striving to purify his faith but rapidly losing the truth he once had.
www.custance.org /old/evol/2ch1/2ch1.html   (6571 words)

 fUSION Anomaly. Polytheism
The assumption of human forms and characteristics by divine beings (anthropomorphism) also is virtually a universal feature of polytheism.
The emperor Julian sustains a mortal wound June 26 in a battle with the Persians.
The last champion of polytheism, he is succeeded by the captain of his imperial bodyguard, Flavius Iovianus, 32, who will reign for 7 months as the emperor Jovian.
fusionanomaly.net /polytheism.html   (1350 words)

 Thelemapedia: The Encyclopedia of Thelema & Magick | Polytheism
Soft polytheists come to regard their multiplicity of gods as simply representing different aspects or facets of a greater divine unity: not a personal God as in the monotheistic religions, but an ultimate reality of the divine.
This concept, however, really should not be termed soft polytheism as monists believe in only one God, which can be expressed in a variety of forms or aspects.
Practically all Jews, Christians and Muslims today, however, view henotheism as polytheism.
www.thelemapedia.org /index.php/Polytheism   (714 words)

 What is polytheism?
Answer: Simply put, polytheism is the belief that there are many gods.
Breaking the word down, "poly" comes from the Greek word for "many" and "theism" from the Greek word for "God." Polytheism has perhaps been the dominate theistic view in human history.
The most commonly know example of polytheism in ancient times is Greek / Roman mythology (Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite, Poseidon, etc.) The clearest modern example of polytheism is Hinduism.
www.gotquestions.org /polytheism.html   (325 words)

 Polytheism (Shirk)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Polytheism means to believe that there is one who shares Allah (SWT) in His acts [i.e.
The lesser polytheism (Shirk Asghar) is Ar-Riya, that means the acts of worship done to gain praise or fame rather than to please Allah (SWT), this type of polytheism, however, does not cast the person committing it out of the fold of Islam.
The inconspicuous polytheism (Shirk Khafi) implies being dissatisfied with the conditions ordained by Allah (SWT).
www.themuslimwoman.com /chooseyourpath/lessonstawheed/mono8.htm   (280 words)

 Future Islam: Is There Any Way Out Of This Polytheism?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Muslims are, on the whole, under the grip of polytheism (shirk) and the evils emanating from it.
The basic reason for their fall from the august position of the leadership of the world is that they have left the path of pure tauheed.
The punishments that are sent to the chosen communities for taking to polytheism and the way they lose their bearings on life can be seen starkly in the case of Muslims throughout the world.
www.futureislam.com /20040901/leaders/leaders-polytheism.asp   (1460 words)

 Political Polytheism
In Political Polytheism Dr. Gary North sets forth a challenge to the reigning political philosophy of our day, a philosophy which says that God's people must remain politically silent, that neutrality is a valid religion, and that the King of history must confine Himself to the home, the church, and the funeral parlor.
Political Polytheism challenges the myth of neutrality, they myth of political pluralism, and the myth of the Constitutional Convention.
As in the ancient world, polytheists are offended at those who claim that there is only one God, and this is why orthodox Christianity is increasingly under assault in the United States and throughout the Western world.
freebooks.entrewave.com /freebooks/docs/21f2_47e.htm   (1236 words)

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Although polytheism remained "in the underground or countercultural tradition of the West" throughout the 2,000-year reign of monotheistic thought, it did not have any significant effect in the West.
Whatever the source of the Force of Star Wars, it is clear that it is similar to the pantheistic polytheism of neopagan witches.
What he fails to notice, however, is that in contending that his own polytheism is true as opposed to false he has engaged in an either/or type of thinking.
www.equip.org /free/DO025.htm   (4507 words)

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