Monday, March 30, 2009

Theocratic Governing: The Advantages and Disadvantages

A theocratic government is a government in which the ruler is classified as a god. The government is governed by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided. One of the most obvious problems with this is that the official is a man regarded as a god, not a god who happens to be a man. Men make mistakes and to consider everything a man says a divine is setting yourself up for failure. Theocratic states have religion as the focal aspect in all of their governing duties. Also the people of a theocratic state are forced to follow a specific religion. Trying to force a conquered people into a certain set of religious rules is impossible. The advantage to a theocratic government is that those who do follow the rules and support the leader follow with a high intensity zeal that can only be powered by religion. This means that internal conflict between those who believe the state religion and those who do not will always occur. Another benefit may be that the ethical and moral rules provided in most religions will be instilled in the people who are forced to follow it at least in some degree. Inherent religious morals can make people act more congenial, but also the possibility of extreme zealotry without logical through processes is always present when a state is ruled by such a touch subject as religion. Religion can bring out the best in people as well as the worst. Thus, a theocratic state is unstable at best.

Trevor Rounds

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