On Counting Gods

  • Dale Tuggy State University of New York at Fredonia
Keywords: monotheism, atheism, polytheism, theism, deities, religions


Our standard scheme for describing and classifying different sorts of religious belief, the trichotomy monotheism-polytheism-atheism, is confused and confusing. In this paper I display some of the confusions and work out a better conceptual scheme, analyzing the concepts deity, god, and ultimate. I then suggest a conservatively revised terminology, discuss historical precedents for this, and show how my suggestions clarify various problems of classification.

How to Cite
Tuggy, D. (2017). On Counting Gods. TheoLogica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, 1(1), 188-213. https://doi.org/10.14428/thl.v1i1.153