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The term “monolatry,” a combination of Gk. monos (one) and latreia (worship), refers to the religious practice of worshiping one God. Monotheism, in holding that only one God exists, is necessarily monolatry. Polytheism may be, insofar as its worshipers choose one of several deities as their sole object of worship. Over time, however, polytheists can change their worship from one deity to another, perhaps depending on which one seems more meaningful. Hinduism illustrates such a practice, for example, with its concentration on Krishna. Social, political, and geogra…

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Mbiti, John, “Monolatry”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 23 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M807>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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