mono·​the·​ism | \ ˈmä-nə-(ˌ)thē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce monotheism (audio) \

Definition of monotheism

: the doctrine or belief that there is but one God historically related forms of monotheism as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam— B. R. Barber

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Other Words from monotheism

monotheist \ ˈmä-​nə-​ˌthē-​ist How to pronounce monotheist (audio) \ noun
monotheistically \ ˌmä-​nə-​thē-​ˈi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce monotheistically (audio) \ adverb

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In a foundational scene of monotheism, Moses doffs his kicks to approach the burning bush; shoes are, by their pedestrian nature, unfit for holy ground. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 These New Atheists are mostly ignorant of religion, and only really concerned with a particular kind of monotheism, which is a narrow segment of the broader religious world. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why science can’t replace religion," 4 Nov. 2018 Too many forms of atheism have functioned like monotheisms by another method. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why science can’t replace religion," 4 Nov. 2018 Atheism is a continuation of monotheism by other means. Tim Crane, WSJ, "‘Seven Types of Atheism’ Review: Better Off Without Him?," 17 Dec. 2018 Many of the worst features or the worst human harms inflicted by monotheism have been paralleled in the secular religions of modern times. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why science can’t replace religion," 4 Nov. 2018 And Platonic doctrines about the soul and the afterlife had been reconciled with the core principles of monotheism. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A History of Judaism’ Review: The Book of Books," 30 Mar. 2018 Both books trace the gradual emergence of monotheism from a background of polytheism. David Wolpe, New York Times, "Two Authors Examine Biblical History for Clues About Faith," 22 Dec. 2017 More specifically, acceptance required colonial Europe, champion of white supremacy, to admit that an African civilization created works of art and voiced monotheism thousands of years before Europe had Christianity or writing. Smithsonian, "Accessibility Navigation," 19 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of monotheism

1660, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of monotheism

: the belief that there is only one God

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