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?
The anti-Islam rhetoric tends to criticize theocracies as “awful and abusive, not only because they oppress human beings but because they also blaspheme God.” These authors indicate that the problem is the religion rather than theocracies per se. The Catholic church and State of Israel are both theocracies but they seem oblivious to sharing many of the same failings they critique Iran or Afghanistan for.
[P1] Theocracy is not a flawed form of government - flawed theocracies are flawed because of the religion they rest on.