Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The doctrine or belief that there is only one God.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The belief in a single god (one God); especially within an organized religion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine or belief that there is but one God.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The doctrine or belief that there is but one God.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. belief in a single God

Etymologies

A learned 17th-century coinage, mono- +‎ theism, from (μονός (monós, "one")) and (θεός (theós, "god, deity") + -ισμός (-ismos)) The term parallels the earlier polytheism, atheism (the simplex theism being slightly later). The earliest known use is by Henry More, ca. 1660, in explicit juxtaposition with both atheism and polytheism. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For all that the tradition of argument within monotheism is a long and noble one, for all that the emphasis on wisdom, justice and mercy is there, I think this lynchpin of monotheism -- this idea of a supreme moral authority, a God who makes the law, who owns the law, whose law is defined in terms of sin, dictated to us through scripture, and derived from faith -- this is the keystone of that rival tradition, I think.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Religious zealots associated with monotheism is the scourge that should be eliminated. arc, Lugano CH

    Obama: Iranian accusations of U.S. interference 'false and absurd'

  • Your monotheism is solely ethnocentrism and your insistance on closing your mind to the infinate realm of possibilities that truely exist.

    Friendly religious questions for Christians and other monotheists

  • Not just not-monotheism, because that assumes that monotheism is the default, the standard, and I believe that polytheism is the logical choice of standard if one should exist at all.

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  • But, I argued, their solution needs modification, because their identification of religion with monotheism is naïve.

    Balkinization

  • I think, he says, I need new terms here entirely because, yes, not all monotheism is universalist and predicated on the faith/doubt, win/lose scenario of Pascalus's Christianity (as your example of Judaism illustrates), not all polytheism is of that Graeco-Roman nature (as your example of Hinduism points out), and the atheism I'm talking about really includes antitheist and agnostic outlooks in its focus on doubt.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • What I'm really seeking to discredit is a specific component of homodoxy exhibited most notably in monotheism but just as present in polytheist and atheist homodoxies.

    THE HALLS OF PENTHEUS -- PART FIVE

  • And the violence done to Hinduism and Buddhism, for instance, by including them either under your "a toast to Ares!" model of polytheism or the South Park ( "the winners are ... the Mormons!") model of monotheism, is incalculable.

    THE HALLS OF PENTHEUS -- PART TWO

  • It's no surprise that we find this idea in monotheism then.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • That authoritarian tendency within monotheism does its best to restrict a quite natural impulse to question the rules, justifying this on the basis that any such challenge is a lack of faith, a challenge to scripture, a sin in and of itself, because it challenges the supremacy of God's moral authority -- i.e. their constraint morality.

    The Heirs of Job

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