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comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
Most of Christianity's (especially Catholicism's) saint-worship is kind of a "delegation" thing. God's real busy, you know, he's got the whole universe to run. Jesus, well he's kind of busy too, what with 7 billion living souls to save. So, pray to Mary; she's got the Big Guy's ear. Similarly, the miracles of the saints in their lives are evidence that God works through them in a particular area, and as such they can advocate on our behalf. But, all powers of all saints come directly from God, and there is only one God.