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Who or what does LDS worship that qualifies them as monotheist?

Polytheism is the belief in, and often worship of, multiple deities or spirits, which are usually assembled into a pantheon of gods and goddesses, along with their own religious sects and rituals. ...
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Is it true that Yahweh was part of a polytheistic religion?

I remembered recently that long ago, in middle school, my history teacher told us in the class that Yahweh, the Hebrew God was a god part of a polytheistic religion, and that He wasn't even the king ...
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Aquinas on polytheism

So Saint Thomas Aquinas said there cannot be multiple gods because there would be disorder since what one wills the other might not and to not fulfill one's will is a defect. But if all gods are good ...
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Have any prominent theologians or Biblical academics argued that the original Eucharistic meals contained psychoactive properties beyond normal wine?

Brian Muraresku's The Immortality Key argues that the original Eucharistic meal contained psychoactive ingredients that facilitated certain kinds of experiences. He cites in particular John 6:55 &...
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Are any of the LDS gods without beginning or end, or are they all created at a certain point in time?

I say ‘gods’ because of the LDS doctrine of the plurality of gods. They believe in more than one God. I’ve now become confused with an LDS answer to this recent question, asking how the LDS view of ‘...
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Was the Trinity looked upon by John of Damascus and Gregory of Nyssa as a combination of Jewish monotheism and pagan polytheism?

John of Damascus says "of the Greek we have the distinction of hypostases.". That is adding Greek doctrine to "Christianity." When John says "we have" something "...
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How were missionaries able to convert native populations? [closed]

What made it possible for Christian missionnaires to convert natives of America, Africa and Asia to another religion despite the fact that they already had beliefs and gods ?
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Where in the Biblical narrative does God first reveal himself as the only living and true god?

It seems upon course consideration that God has always taught that he is the only actual God. But upon closer inspection, it appears that God reveals himself to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as "El ...
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What is the understanding between the Genesis account and the book of Abraham account of creation? (LDS)

There seems to be a clear difference between the Pearl of Great Price and the Bible in terms of creation: The Pearl of Great Price And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the ...
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Do Mormons actually believe in any sort of supreme being/ultimate reality/"Absolute"?

From what I've heard about the Mormon God, he doesn't actually seem to fit the description of "supreme being" and rather seems more like a polytheistic Greek or Hindu God. The following may be ...
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What is the LDS stance on John 14:9-10?

The LDS church teaches Jesus, Father and Holy Ghost are three separate beings. What is the LDS perspective on the following piece of scripture? 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even ...
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How do Mormons interpret Isaiah 43:10?

"Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be ...
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Since Mormonism allows for humans to become gods in the afterlife, does this mean it is polytheistic? [duplicate]

It is stated that Mormons believe in an afterlife scenario that includes the ability to become a god of their own planet (only men though). Does this mean Mormonism is polytheistic? Would this be ...
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Are there any Christian sects that allow for the existence of other "God" claims?

Are there any Christian sects that allow for the existence of other "God" claims? That is, allow for claims that are (semi-)polytheistic in nature. I'm excluding claims that the Trinity is ...
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What is the meaning of peoples being divided up "according to the number of the gods" in Deuteronomy 32? [closed]

Deuteronomy 32:8–9 (NRSV), part of Moses' song, reads: When the Most High apportioned the nations, when he divided humankind, he fixed the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the ...
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