Are Monotheism and Polytheism So Different?

Are mono- and poly-thistic faiths really so different? Or do they all present one God with many faces?

(Notes on the question) We have studied two types of religion: those which claim to be “monotheistic” and those which are “polytheistic.” The polytheistic and animistic faiths permit worship of many personal forms of Spirit. Yet they also acknowledge One Supreme Being (such as “High God” or “Brahman”) behind all these faces and forms.

The monotheistic faiths claim one single God: but they also recognize intermediate spirits, prophets, saints and angels. (In the case of Christianity,for example, the one God contains three distinct Persons, the Holy Trinity.)

Explain your answer, referring to details from at least three different religious traditions. Give textual evidence and clear arguments to support your conclusions.


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