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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 described as the antithesis to democracy, but are they?
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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.
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Context

The Argument

It takes a strong leader who is willing to put the interests of the people and the nation first to make this form of governing succeed. There are instances throughout history where this has happened, and it made the world a better place.[1] The advantages and disadvantages of theocracy were once evaluated by American colonists. These people became the founding fathers of a new country because they were unwilling to accept the idea that the church and the state were a combined entity.[2]

Counter arguments

Far too often, the opposite occurs and there is a quest for power and abuse.[2]

Framing

Premises

[P1] Theocracies that have gone wrong have done so because of their particular leader, not because of the concept of theocracies.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] History shows us that theocracies are more inclined to go wrong than democracies.

Proponents

Further Reading

References

  1. http://www.ibiblio.org/byers/wq/theocracy.html
  2. https://connectusfund.org/6-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-theocracy

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