Wrong Ideas on the Origin of Polytheism

Those of us who have been raised believing that there is only one God may find it difficult to comprehend that there are cultures that worship many. Animism has multiple spirits that people pray to, which is seldom known in the Western world. Polytheism is the belief in many gods.

Some folks claim that the global flood story in the Gilgamesh epic poem was copied by the Hebrews. It is to laugh. Those gods were like children who gained power, squabbling with each other, messing with humans, and so on. Looking at mythologies, we see that many groups were polytheistic.

Secularists believe that humans believed in many gods, then became monotheistic. Cute story, but the truth is actually the opposite.
The Assembly of the Gods, Jacopo Zucchi 1576, WikiComm 
It strikes this child as interesting that the word avatar is used frequently, often associated with a picture to represent oneself online. In religions like Hinduism, an avatar is when one of their gods decides to show up on Earth for a spell.

People with a worldview based in atheistic materialism denigrate Judaism and Christianity, obviously because of the belief in the one God that they reject. There have been views that monotheism evolved from pantheism. Such ideas may sound reasonable, except for a couple of problems: There is not a shred of evidence to support those views, and none of secularists were there to see it polytheism developing.

In reality, the opposite is true. People believed in one God, and eventually suppressed the truth and went all in for polytheism. This is not difficult to believe, because Israel swung like a pendulum between serving the Lord, then false gods, the Lord, false gods — take a look at 2 Kings 21. Polytheistic behavior around the world was most likely a result of the dispersion at Babel. Also, archaeological findings also support how people were originally monotheistic.

It is generally believed by secular cultural anthropologists, as well as many modern philosophy of religion experts, that monotheism arose out of polytheism. This is generally attributed to one of two methods.

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But starting in the early twentieth century, archaeologists began to uncover clues in written records found during excavations and archaeological digs that the exact opposite was true. The earliest pictographs, hieroglyphics, cuneiform, or runic writings of discovered or excavated cultures pointed to an original monotheism which became more and more corrupted into animism or polytheism:

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