from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Belief that multiple deities exist, and different deities are supreme among them at different times.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as henotheism.


Coined 19th century by Max Müller, on model of Ancient Greek καθ' ἕνα θεόν (kath' hena theon), following theism, extending his prior coinage henotheism. (Wiktionary)


  • From early animism in its manifold expressions, through polytheism, kathenotheism, henotheism, to monotheism, and so out into loftier possibilities of conceiving the divine nature and purpose -- the main road which man has traveled in his religious development now is traceable.

    Christianity and Progress

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