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henotheism (HEN-uh-thee-iz-uhm) noun

Belief in one god without denying the existence of others.

[Greek heno-, from hen, neuter of heis, one. + the (o)- + -ism.]

"On the empirical side, Lind thinks he sees an accelerating pattern of religious indifferentism in this country; Americans, he argues, have adopted the henotheism of `one God and many equally true religions.' But the phenomenon Lind is trying to describe could much more accurately be thought of as a flourishing of religious tolerance--and one, moreover, that is morally grounded in religious convictions." Weigel, George, The Next American Nation: The New Nationalism and the Fourth American Revolution. (book reviews), Commentary, 1 Jul 1995.

This week's theme: words that violate the "i before e" rule.

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He who does not attempt to make peace / When small discords arise, / Is like the bee's hive which leaks drops of honey / Soon, the whole hive collapses. -Nagarjuna (c. 100-200 A.D.)


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