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Culminating in the 18th century, the word polytheism (coined by Jean Bodin [8. 1088]; “worship of many gods”) acquired new connotations in the early modern period distinct from its former existence as a mere accusation of the “pagan” veneration of multiple deities, idolism, or idolatry (Ancient religions; Paganism; Superstition). What has been called the first systematic program of German idealism, for example, contrasted a “polytheism of imagination and art” with a “monotheism of reason and the heart.” Even before this, in his preface to Braut von Messina, Schiller breathed …

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Gladigow, Burkhard, “Polytheism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025723>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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