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Quiz about How Many Gods
Quiz about How Many Gods

How Many Gods? Trivia Quiz


One, two, many, or few? See if you can identify major world religions from these numerical clues.

A multiple-choice quiz by skylarb. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
skylarb
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
334,627
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Which of these religions advocates the worship of only one God? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which of these religions condones the worship of either no god or many gods? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Which of these religions typically teaches that God consists of three distinct persons who are yet of one substance? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which of these religions teaches that God is only one person? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Belief in two gods is sometimes referred to as what? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. What religion is commonly said to be a religion of 330 million gods? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which religion has many gods, the great high god of which is known as the Jade Emperor? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. This religion believes in many "kami" or deities, including guardian kami of particular clans. Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Which of these religions is thoroughly monotheistic? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Mystical Judaism teaches, in the Kabbalah, that there are multiple "emanations" of God. How many emanations are there? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which of these religions advocates the worship of only one God?

Answer: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity

Jews, Muslims, and Christians are referred to as "people of the book" because all three religions "came out of" the Bible, so to speak. Tradition identifies the Jews as the descendants of Isaac and the Muslims as descendants of his half-brother Ishmael.
2. Which of these religions condones the worship of either no god or many gods?

Answer: Buddhism

Belief in gods is permitted in Buddhism, and many Buddhists worship multiple gods. However, Buddhism does not require belief in gods, and, in fact, the Buddha taught that it was not particularly useful to believe in gods when seeking enlightenment. Nevertheless, it is not uncommon to find Buddhists praying to and worshiping both the Buddha and numerous other divinities.

However, there are also atheistic Buddhists. Traditionally, Christianity and Judaism are monotheistic religions, and Hinduism is polytheistic.
3. Which of these religions typically teaches that God consists of three distinct persons who are yet of one substance?

Answer: Christianity

Most Christians, though monotheists, understand God to be three distinct persons: the Father, generally associated with Yahweh, the God of the Jews; the Son, or Jesus Christ, the Messiah; and the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity encapsulates this perspective.

A difference in perspective as to whether the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, or just the Father, contributed to the division between the East and the West. While the Western church added filoque ("from the Son") to its creed in 589, the Eastern church denounced its inclusion.

There are non-Trinitarian versions of Christianity, but these are in the minority and would not fall under the umbrella of "orthodox" Christianity.
4. Which of these religions teaches that God is only one person?

Answer: Unitarianism

Unitarians reject the doctrine of the Trinity and maintain that God is only one person. Unitarianism grew out of Christianity but rejects many of the central doctrines of orthodox Christianity. Unitarians do not accept the divinity of Jesus. There are Unitarian faiths that do accept the divinity of Jesus, however, while yet maintaining that God is only one person, including Oneness Pentecostalism and the United Pentecostal Church International.
5. Belief in two gods is sometimes referred to as what?

Answer: Ditheism

Moral dualism is a belief in the conflict (or complement) between good and evil, positive and negative, or benevolent and malevolent forces. It can exist within a monotheistic system and does not necessarily imply belief in two (or any) gods. "Ditheism," "duotheism," or "bitheism" are all terms used to refer to belief in two gods.
6. What religion is commonly said to be a religion of 330 million gods?

Answer: Hinduism

A prominent Hindu, Sri Ramakrishnah, once wrote that there could exist "as many Hindu Gods as there are devotees to suit the moods, feelings, emotions and social backgrounds of the devotees," and it is commonly said that Hinduism is a religion of 330 million gods.

However, this number is symbolic, and certainly not precise, and Hindu belief systems can range from monotheistic to polytheistic.
7. Which religion has many gods, the great high god of which is known as the Jade Emperor?

Answer: Taoism

Different Taoist deities are worshipped in temples by various sects. Yu-huang, knows as the Jade Emperor, is the great high god and all other deities report to him.
8. This religion believes in many "kami" or deities, including guardian kami of particular clans.

Answer: Shintoism

The kami are viewed as typically benign beings that sustain and protect the people.
9. Which of these religions is thoroughly monotheistic?

Answer: Sikhism

A primary tenant of Sikh belief is "Ik Onkar," or "one God." Though God is described by many different names throughout Sikh writings and hymns, the oneness of God is emphasized. While Buddhism and Hinduism may contain some monotheistic strains, they are not generally known as monotheistic religions. Pagans are typically polytheistic.
10. Mystical Judaism teaches, in the Kabbalah, that there are multiple "emanations" of God. How many emanations are there?

Answer: 10

While Judaism teaches that there is only one God, Kabbalah discussed the many "emanations" or life-forces (powers, radiances, eluminces, etc.) that come from God. These are referred to as the "ten sefirot" and include crown, understanding, wisdom, knowledge, might, loving-kindness, beauty, acknowledgment, victory, foundation, and kingdom.
Source: Author skylarb

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