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Monotheism or Polytheism?

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The major religions of the modern world  either acknowledge many gods or only one, and are consequently said to be either monotheistic or polytheistic, and it may seem that this division is clear and easy to understand.

 

If asked, most people would say that Buddhism and Hinduism, together with Taoism and Confucianism are basicly polytheistic, whilst Judaism, Christianity and Islam are monotheistic.

 

However some Buddhists do not believe in any God at all, whilst there are strictly monotheistic Moslems who claim that the Christian concept of the Trinity is nothing but a form of polytheism.

 

Most Christians would deny this, for strictly speaking almost all Christian denominations see the Three Persons of the Trinity as One God and that the elevation of other things to a position where they receive worship is idolatory.

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