henotheism

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noun heno·the·ism \ˈhe-nə-(ˌ)thē-ˌi-zəm\

Definition of henotheism

  1. :  the worship of one god without denying the existence of other gods

henotheist

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henotheistic

play \ˌhe-nə-thē-ˈi-stik\ adjective

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Henotheism comes to us from the German word Henotheismus, which in turn is derived from Greek hen- ("one") and "theos" ("god"). Someone who engages in henotheism worships one god but does not deny that there are others. Max Müller, a respected 19th-century scholar, is credited with promoting the word henotheism as a counterpart to "polytheism" ("belief in or worship of more than one god") and "monotheism" ("the doctrine or belief that there is but one God"). Müller also used the related word kathenotheism, from Greek kath' hena ("one at a time"), for the worship of several gods successively.

Origin and Etymology of henotheism

German Henotheismus, from Greek hen-, heis one + theos god — more at same


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