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Theocracy is a form of government in which God or a deity of some type is recognised as the supreme ruling authority, giving divine guidance to human intermediaries that manage the day to day affairs of the government who claim they are in power due to the divine will of their God or gods. Famous theocracies throughout history include the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire where Emperors were often declared gods.

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Theocracies are essentially dictatorships and should not be encouraged.
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Alternative opinions are rarely welcomed in a theocracy

Theocratic governments are able to oppress dissenting opinions in the name of the religion.
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The Argument

Individual perspectives can be highly influential towards a person's interpretation of a text. Even in religions where one "pefect" way is preached, people will still apply these interpretations differently according to how they fit into their own lives. In a theocracy, individual opinions are frowned upon and the foundational scriptural elements of the government are interpreted by the few in power. Enforced conformity was one reason for the Lutherian church’s initial split from Rome.[1] The concept of enforcing that there is only one way to interpret religious teachings become even harder in a theocracy because religion is so heavily embedded in the government of the country. To even question or disagree with a government policy is to disagree or question the word. This makes it virtually impossible for anyone to debate points because a theocracy creates an environment where the decision about right and wrong has already been decided. [1] Because a theocracy creates an idea that there is only one right way to interpret things, minority groups are often not accepted. Even if certain beliefs are based in religious thought, those thoughts will not be accepted if they go against the status quo. While in some instances there might be room for engagement, many will still hold firm to the status quo and will not accept that any idea different from the status quo can be correct. [1]

Counter arguments

Theocracies don't overall disregard alternative opinions. Rather, theocracies are meant to create unity. Because of the fact that religious teachings are so closely tied to the inner workings of the government, the majority of citizens in the country have the same beliefs. This helps the country run more effectively and can help create the possibility of a better world. This is because the religious text that is so crucuial to theocracies are focused on the concept of loving one's neighbor. Practicing this doctrine in government will lead a better country and a better world as a whole. [2]

Premises

[P1] In theocracies, dissent from the ruling religion is punished.

Rejecting the premises

References

  1. https://connectusfund.org/6-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-theocracy
  2. https://www.prosancons.com/government/pros-and-cons-of-theocracy/
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