Sunday, July 17, 2011

religious differences explained for those who asked

I am not going to get into my own personal details here. Instead Iam going to gice a clear guide on the differences between those who practice monotheism vs polytheism. Monotheism is the Jewish based faiths. Those are Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Monotheism teaches in one all powerful suoreme being that requires people to be happy to suffer. It is a very personalized relatioship with rules, regulations and without room for compromise. Those historically who disagree with their way of thinking do not fare well.
polytheism is the belief in more than one God creating complex family units that form nuclear family structures. There has been a revitalism in the poly faiths ranging from Kimetic worship of the ancient Egyptian Gods, to hellenistic reconstructionism, to the Roman traditions dubbed the Cultorum Deorum Romanorum or the Religio Romana. There is also Wicca, witchcraft, shamenism faiths and the totem worship. The reconstruction faiths are dubbed subsets of Neo Paganism. There has been some debate within the communities on what to call paganism as it was created with a negative connotation for those that follow the poly faiths. Also, polytheism does not deny other nations and their gods. Somany follow more than one tradition. For example, Druids worship the earth and Roman faith is based on virtue so following a Celt Roman tradition is nkr entirely unheard of. I practice interfaith dialog and beleive the anger over crazy cults has put a bad spin on polytheism so hopefully this blurb will make the world a little more enlightened over this subject and help stop the dangerous stereotypes that come from one group being misinformed about another.

It is important to understand that grown adults are practicing traditions over 2000 years old and raising their children this way. The traditions of old are well and good. So before someone judges another please make sure you are acting out fully informed. If we allknow the basics of our neighbor, then we will likely be able to make informed decisions on things like national national security.

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