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Monotheism in Ancient Rome By: Haley Duffie Monotheism • Monotheism is the belief in the existence of one God or in the oneness of God. Symbols of Monotheism • These are some symbols of monotheism and some of these symbols are very important to know and understand The belief • Monotheism is the central belief in Judaism. The Jewish idea of God is that God is One and Indivisible. We cannot divide God up into separate parts, where each part of God is Unequal to each of the other parts, but somehow they are one and the same. The Hebrew Scriptures describes God as an absolute One, but the Christian's New Testament describes the Christian idea of God as divisible into three parts called a trinity Mono • Mono" means "one." Hindus believe in many gods, thus Hinduism is "poly" (meaning "more than one") theism. As I alluded, Christianity may be regarded also as a polytheistic religion disguised as monotheism. Religion • The belief that there has always been an invisible man and he magically created the world and two people and these two people turned into billions of people and the invisible man threatened all the people with an eternity of torture unless they showered him with praise. Invisible man • The invisible man also built many things in his honor and the invisible man wrote a book through a ghost writer but the people change the book regularly so it means what they want it to mean. All this happened because the man was bored one day Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism • The word monotheism comes from the Greek monos, which means one, and theos, which means god. Thus, monotheism is a belief in the existence of a single god. Monotheism is usually contrasted with polytheism, which is the belief in many gods, and atheism, which is the absence of any belief in gods. • Because monotheism is founded upon the idea that there is only one god, it is common for believers to also think that this god created all of reality and is totally self-sufficient, without any dependency upon any other being. This is what we find in the largest monotheistic religious systems: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism. Non believers • Most monotheistic systems tend to be exclusive in nature - what this means is that they don't simply believe in and worship a single god, but they also deny the existence of the gods of any other religious faiths. Occasionally we can find a monotheistic religion treating other alleged gods as merely being aspects or incarnations of their one, supreme god; this, however, is relatively infrequent and occurs more during a transition between polytheism and monotheism when the older gods need to be explained away Beliefs • Theists believe that reality's ultimate principle is God—an omnipotent, omniscient, goodness that is the creative ground of everything other than itself. Monotheism is the view that there is only one such God. After a brief discussion of monotheism's historical origins, this entry looks at the five most influential attempts to establish God's uniqueness. We will consider arguments from God's simplicity, from his perfection, from his sovereignty, from his omnipotence, and from his demand for total devotion. The entry concludes by examining three major theistic traditions which contain strands which might seem at odds with their commitment to monotheism—the Jewish Kabbalistic tradition, Christianity, and Shri Vaishnavism Man • It is thus quite in accordance with the accredited results of physical science to maintain that the first man, created by God, was keen of mind as well as sound of body, and that, through Divine instruction, he began life with right notions of God and of his moral and religious duties. This does not necessarily mean that his conception of God was scientifically and philosophically profound. Here it is that scholars are wide of the mark when they argue that Monotheism is a conception that implies a philosophic grasp and training of mind absolutely impossible to primitive man. Monotheism vs. Polytheism • Monotheism. Born through revelation and Critical Thinking. Abraham and Zoroaster the two fathers of Modern Monotheism. Zoroastrianism and the three Abrahamic Faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Both men questioned the possibility of their being many gods, which was common in their time. Through their own Spiritual Journeys, and inner meditation,concluded that there is only One God. Polytheism. A very ancient belief system that holds a belief in more then One God. Based greatly on Philosophy, and Mythology. the Most Predominate of them being Hinduism. Religion • A religion (from the Latin word religio, meaning bond, obligation) is a collective adherence to a general reality model, most often centered on one or more deities, most often governed by elaborate codes of conduct. Since religion is observed everywhere and from very early civilizations, it is generally seen as a natural phenomenon and an integral part of the human essence. Although some modern religions were engineered for obvious political reasons, most ancient ones apparently stem from another integral human aspect: the rather rare ability to sense a certain order behind seeming chaos and to perceive invisible forces at work in the world. Many of these once worshipped forces have been identified and defined by science and are now generally accepted to exist and to indeed rule our world. Lightning and electricity for instance; wind and the motion of seas; the most intricate but singular biosphere. And so on.