I take issue with your interpretation of this statement "Judaism is considered a monotheistic religion..."<quoted text>
Nor mine. Not this time anyway.
I see what our wires got crossed here.
On the previous page we had the following exchange:
Frijoles: But to narrowly focus on your question - I would think you would need some type of god concept to be Jewish. Not necessarily theism, but something. Humanism crosses a red line.
FR: Judaism is considered a monotheistic religion. Theistic.
Also one is a theist or an atheist - the old binary switch is on or it isn't.(With gnostic vs agnostic question to quickly follow..) Again, boundaries, basic truths.
Guess I'm still not clear (or don't agree with) the "god concept" vs theism difference.
Otherwise, maybe I'm just being t0o strict and can go ahead and call myself Catholic or Christian. Perhaps I'm taking them too much at their word and respecting the religion and beliefs too much to still call myself one of them??
I then posted 3 sources to more or less support or add to my side. Or so I thought.
And you responded to one of them. Which wasn't really my main point.
We got off on what Jews believe vs what makes one a theist.
Any religion can be defined more loosely than the old school. I see lots of leeway.
Hope this helps.
When that is quoted, the emphasis is on MONO. To contrast with Christianity, where (wrongly or rightly) Judaism views as polytheistic.
The fact that "theism" is part of the term is because the term itself is a simplification that ignores the subtlety of Jewish theology - which is diverse - and NOT only includes conventional theism but panentheism, pantheism, nonduality etc etc - WHICH are not necessarily theologically opposite of theism - depending on the flavor they are different paradigms altogether.
The important part is the MONO. Which is why the most important prayer in the Jewish religion is the Shema (Hear o Israel, the lord our God, the lord is One). The emphasis is on the one, and when you recite the prayer, you emphasis the word one (in Hebrew - echad). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shema_Yisrael