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Is theocracy good?

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.

Yes, theocracies have many good points

Almost every major religion has a concept of a theocracy as part of its doctrine.

Theocracies create a sense of unity within society

A theocracy gives all citizens something to be united over.

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.

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.

No, there many problems with theocracies

Theocracies are essentially dictatorships and should not be encouraged.

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 dictatorships

In a theocracy, rules are dictators and the ruling elite cannot be challenged because it is God’s word.

Theocracies can be implemented in different ways

Theocracies are described as the antithesis to democracy, but are they?

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.

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.

There are different levels of theocracy

Theocracies are not an all or nothing thing – there is a gradient of religious influence across different countries.

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.

The alternatives to theocracy around the world don't work

While there are many systems of governing aside from theocracies, they are not preferrable.

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This page was last edited on Monday, 30 Mar 2020 at 09:52 UTC