Egypt's 'Farewell Intercourse' law allowing sex with dead wives

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Christianity as Polytheism
In reply to WoodMaven, Apr 30, 2012

The problem of covert polytheism in Christianity goes back to the earliest days, and the debate over the nature of Jesus and the Trinity. Is God the Father, God the Son, and the God the Holy Ghost one god, two gods, or three gods?

The schism between the Orthodox and Catholic churches was over the controversy on this point raised by the Latin translation of the Nicene Creed. The Greek text - the only one agreed to by the Council - says that the Holy Ghost is "ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον" (ek tou Patros ekporeuomenon): "proceeding from the Father". The Latin text, used by the Catholic church, says that the Holy Ghost "ex Patre Filioque procedit": proceeds from the Father and the Son" (-que is a Latin suffix meaning 'and', but it is intensive and implies equality of the two things). The Catholic church made this change because it had to fight Arianism, which held that Jesus was a man and nothing more. However, the Catholic church has, because of the filioque,always been under suspicion of thinking that the Father and the Son were actually separate - ie, two gods.

That is at the level of theology. And then there is the Virgin Mary. The cult of the virgin in Orthodox Christianity is just as strong as in Roman Catholicism, and is indistinguishable, except in theological theory, from worship as a divinity.

The upshot is that Christianity is, possibly in theory, but beyond question in the everyday practice of most ordinary adherents, a polytheistic religion. The vast majority of Protestants also conceptualise Jesus and God the Father as separate and different, even if their theologians would frown on their saying so.

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