Is a Theocracy a viable form of government?


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Rooster Cogburn Profile
Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

No, I think not. There are enough problems now to last us our lifetimes. With all the religious bickering, there would be civil war all over. Never happen here.

Ray Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

Theocracy cannot exist. No god is prepared to do even the smallest thing to prove his/her existence, so clearly cannot rule. You CAN have rule by those who "interpret" the "word of god" - although generally speaking that has never worked.

Rule by a religious brotherhood is just another oligarchy.

Chandler Howard Profile
Chandler Howard answered

Definitely not. Religious law should never be imposed on a society.

Call me Z Profile
Call me Z answered

Lets look at Saudi Arabia or Iran or Vatican City. Would you consider these theocracies viable govts? Viable, but absent basic freedoms.  "History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government."                              -Thomas Jefferson

I certainly wouldn't choose to live under the yoke of a theocracy, though the evangelicals here in the US show intentions toward that end. 

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Ray Dart
Ray Dart commented
I never made it to Iran (and curiously, that doesn't bother me). But I have worked extensively in Saudi and it is noticeable that Islam is used as a mechanism to control the people, as least as much as a belief system.
Charles Davis
Charles Davis commented
I really think that Islam is as much a political belief, as much as it is a religious. But as you point out, Z, so does it seems the evangelical christians treat their religion as a political viewpoint.
Call me Z
Call me Z commented
Charles, we hear certain candidates talking about the threat to "religious freedom" if a conservative isn't elected, but considering that over 70% of the US is Christian and Christians dominate high govt positions, this threat rings hollow. Pandering to their base with their favorite tool, fear. It's just disturbing.
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Walt O'Reagun answered

Yes ... As long as everyone there has volunteered to live under such a system.  The Vatican is a pretty good example.  Nobody has to live in Vatican City.

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Ray Dart
Ray Dart commented
Isn't that just really an oligarchical elective dictatorship (sometimes called an elective monarchy)?
Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

Lots of varying definitions of theocracy and viable out there.  I'd say we would need to agree on which ones we are talking about.

---First Known Use (of the phrase): 1622

---the commonwealth of Israel from the time of Moses until the election of Saul as King.

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Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
As you say, sometimes you ask questions to make people think
This was a good one..
Charles Davis
Charles Davis commented
Thanks, Tom, I try to.
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
And based on your clarification, I don't think it would be "viable" unless there is, was, and always will be one God and he came down to make that perfectly clear to all of us---and was willing to back it up.

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