- Feb 2017
- Latin America
Yeah, people should drop the term "polytheism" to distinguish the so-called "Abrahamic" religions from "polytheist" ones. What distinguishes the angels in which Jews, Christians and Muslims believe from gods like Athena or Thor?The answer to all questions is more or less 'differently and variably' depending on time and place.
The only pretty much constant (but not always) is the persecution of jews. Pedro often publishes a list on here of all the anti-jewish riots/incidents in history.
The Aragon of Alfonso I El Battalador treated jews and muslims in it's conquered areas with equal status to christians, whereas the Castille and Aragon of Ferdinand and Isobella persecuted them to the point of expulsion.
So tell me - how did 'Christian countries treat their jews?' See what I mean?
Just to confuse further - muslims (and jews presumably) used to call the Christians 'polytheists' - all this Father, Son, Holy Sprit business.
In fact, notice how such distinctions are never brought up with non-Abrahamic religions. The terms "polytheism" and "monotheism" seem to only exist in Abrahamic contexts for historians, which is poor analysis in my opinion.