- n. Plural form of polytheism.
“Indeed, in some polytheisms, such partiality has been considered both discourteous and extremely imprudent.”
“Historians of religion recognize a progression from primitive tribal animisms, through polytheisms such as those of the Greeks, Romans and Norsemen, to monotheisms such as Judaism and its derivatives, Christianity and Islam.”
“To be sure, Genesis proclaims Adam's "virgin birth" as an ideological warcry against early polytheisms with their hostile and dangerous female powers, while the evangelists proclaim Jesus 'virgin birth for a different purpose, possibly a moralistic outcry against late paganism's seeming worship of sex.”
“How far were the older ethnologists on the right lines, when (in spite of language, rather than aided by it) they co-ordinated their own Olympus with the confederate polytheisms of the”
“Hence, according to Réville, there is first the naive cult of natural objects as possessing life and in some way supposed to influence man; this is followed by Animism and Fetishism; and finally a third stage known as the natural mythologies founded on the dramatization of nature, e. g., the historic polytheisms of”
“Visiting every outpost, gathering the straggling sheep into folds and striving to secure shepherds for them, stripping the fleecy garments from the wolves, uncovering the sophistries of the various polytheisms, immersing the converts and exhorting the saints, the thirty-five years he spent in Kansas were years of severest mental, moral and physical labor; and from which he asked no respite until God called him.”
“Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord -- This every devout Jew recited twice every day, and the Jews do it to this day; thus keeping up the great ancient national protest against the polytheisms and pantheisms of the heathen world: it is the great utterance of the national faith in One Living and Personal God -- "One Jehovah!”
“But there were two respects in which the religion was, if not singular, at any rate markedly different from ordinary polytheisms, though less in the principles involved than in the extent to which they were carried out in practice.”
“Athens, carrying Christianity into Europe, offering a Semitic religion to an Aryan race, the culmination of monotheism to one of the most elaborate and magnificent polytheisms of the world.”
“All other religions polytheisms, religions without a God are excluded – maybe they aren’t American enough?”
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