the Website of Timothy McCabe Follower of Christ; Student of Epistemology, Apologetics, and Theology
Home Philosophy & Proofs Questions Other Writings Presentations Software

Polytheism

Definition

Polytheism refers to any philosophy which claims that there are multiple supreme creators of the universe.

Keywords: Polytheism, Philosophy, Multiple, Gods, Irrational, False, Contradictory, Reality, Deductive.

Veracity

Polytheistic claims are false .

Proof

Humans assume that all contradictions are false. Any worldview that does not allow for this assumption to be rationally justified is deductively false.

Premise 1: If anyone is not the author of every aspect of reality, then his authority is insufficient to rationally guarantee the behavior of reality.

Premise 2: Under polytheism, no one is the author of every aspect of reality.

Conclusion: Therefore, under polytheism, no one has the authority to rationally guarantee the behavior of reality.

Humans assume that reality is non-contradictory. Under polytheism, there can ultimately be no reason to hold to this assumption, making it an irrational assumption. This makes polytheism deductively false.

World Religions and Cults (volume 2)

In Printed Form

Along with numerous other authors including Don Landis, Bodie Hodge and Roger Patterson, Timothy McCabe contributes analyses of various world religions and cults in this volume from Master Books.

Other Writings

New!

"If, as you claim, morality is obeying god, how do you know that obeying god is good? Isn't that totally circular?"

If morality is obeying god, then obeying god is morality. If we grant the former, then the latter follows by tautological necessity. Is it circular? Insofar as tautologies are circular, sure. Here is another circular tautology: If 2 + 2 = 4, then 4 = 2 + 2. Totally circular. Malachi 3:18; Romans 4:15, 5:13; 1 John 3:4.

"Do you think atheists go to hell, why or why not?"

Yes. If the atheist does not change his ways, acknowledge his own disobedience toward his Creator, and ask God for forgiveness, he can expect to spend forever in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8; cf Luke 12:46; Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 3:22; John 1:12, 3:3, 3:18, 8:24, 20:31; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 1:21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Revelation 20:15). We owe our lives to our Creator. But we don't give Him His due.

"Is a deistic god possible?"

No. Deductively, the claims of Deism (along with those of atheism and certain forms of polytheism) cannot possibly be true. Deism is essentially the belief in the existence of a supreme creator who does not intervene in the universe and, more specifically, does not interact with humankind. If a god like that existed, humans would be incapable of any kind of justified certainty, or true knowledge. Logic and reasoning would go out the window.

"Is the Bible true?"

Every worldview, when reduced to its most basic fundamentals, requires self-attestation, or, in other words, a "circular argument". Such arguments are necessary for every worldview. For example, a rationalist (someone who accepts reason as the supreme authority) can only attempt to justify his reliance on reason by... using reason. Christianity, likewise, has a supreme authority, and that authority is God. He has given us His Word and told us to use it as our basis for understanding.

All articles