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- n. a believer in, or advocate of, polytheism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who believes in, or maintains the doctrine of, a plurality of gods.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who believes in or maintains polytheism, or the doctrine of a plurality of gods.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one who believes in a plurality of gods
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The polytheist is oppressed and distracted by the variety of superstition: a thousand rites of Egyptian origin were interwoven with the essence of the Mosaic law; and the spirit of the gospel had evaporated in the pageantry of the church.
(In its message, the group referred to Sistani as a "polytheist," the extremist Sunni slur about Shiites.)
In other contexts "polytheist" tends to be what the word means.
Ghazali bitterly denounced Plato, Socrates and other Greek writers as mushrikuwn 'polytheist' and labelled those who employed their methods and ideas as corrupters of the Islamic faith.
Finally, does anyone else note that Catholicism is a polytheist religion?
While not quite on this topic, for your entertainment and edification, allow me to quote a poem by the scholarly C.S. Lewis, who knew a thing or two about ancient polytheist writers:
Many of the stories of the Old Testament are borrowed from the polytheist religion of Mesopotamia.
Personally, I am a polytheist who values mythology.
For example one can be a modern Hindu and be a hard polytheist, a classical monotheist, or an atheist.
If so, it might seem that there is really nothing theological at stake for a polytheist in the eruption of natural disaster.