Polytheism and Christian Belief

Christian philosophers and theologians have long been concerned with the question of how to reconcile their belief in three fully divine Persons with their commitment to monotheism.<span class='Hi'></span> The most popular strategy for doing this—the Social Trinitarian strategy—argues that,<span class='Hi'></span> though the divine Persons are in no sense the same God,<span class='Hi'></span> monotheism is secured by certain relations <span class='Hi'></span>(e.g.<span class='Hi'></span> familial relations,<span class='Hi'></span> dependence relations,<span class='Hi'></span> or compositional relations)<span class='Hi'></span> that obtain among them.<span class='Hi'></span> It is argued that if the Social Trinitarian understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity is correct,<span class='Hi'></span> then Christianity is not interestingly different from the polytheistic Amun-Re theology of Egypt’s New Kingdom period.<span class='Hi'></span> Thus,<span class='Hi'></span> Social Trinitarianism should be classified as a version of polytheism rather than monotheism.
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