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.
Almost every major religion has a concept of a theocracy as part of its doctrine.
A theocratic government structure is efficient
A theocratic government removes the need for a lot of bureaucracy and discussion.
A theocracy encourages stability
Theocracies could change the world for the better and increase societal stability.
Theocracies create a sense of unity within society
A theocracy gives all citizens something to be united over.
Compromise is never needed in the context of a theocracy
In a theocracy everyone has the same values and ethics, as everyone is starting from the starting point of a religion.
Theocracies are essentially dictatorships and should not be encouraged.
Theocracies are dictatorships
In a theocracy, rules are dictators and the ruling elite cannot be challenged because it is God’s word.
Theocracy is an excuse for legitimised oppression
By working from religious doctrine, theocratic governments are given excuses to oppress their citizens.
Alternative opinions are rarely welcomed in a theocracy
Theocratic governments are able to oppress dissenting opinions in the name of the religion.
Theocracies are described as the antithesis to democracy, but are they?
There are different levels of theocracy
Theocracies are not an all or nothing thing – there is a gradient of religious influence across different countries.
Many countries are quasi-theocracies but claim not to be
There are theocracies around the world, but many do not acknowledge that they are theocracies.
The alternatives to theocracy around the world don't work
While there are many systems of governing aside from theocracies, they are not preferrable.
The issue is with how theocracies are carried out
The problem with many theocracies is the way government or leadership is imposed on populations, not the idea of theocracy itself.
Theocracies are fine as long as it is my religion
There is nothing wrong with a theocracy - as long as it is the right religion.
This page was last edited on Monday, 30 Mar 2020 at 09:52 UTC