Patterns of belief

Patterns of belief focused on one or more god of extrahuman origin is called a theism. The pattern may be a reflection of social organization, e.g., the more centralized and stratified the society, the fewer gods.

Monotheism: belief in one god (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)

Henotheism: worship of only one god, while acknowledging that other gods exist. Henotheists do not necessarily view other gods as legitimate objects of worship, even while acknowledging they exist (Hinduism)

Polytheism: belief in many gods (Aztec, ancient Greeks, Egyptians)



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