Theocracy

by: Keri Slyter

What is a Theocracy?

It's a type of government headed by religious leaders.


An example would be Dalai Lama. He is the head of state and spiritual leader of Tibet. His message is of non-violence, peace, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion.





Strengths and Weaknesses

Weaknesses

  • Less freedom
  • Fewer civil liberties
  • Laws may not be based on logic or fairness
  • Freedom of speech is restricted
  • Lack of individuality
  • Be forced into believing something that they didn't want to believe

Strengths

  • Political unity
  • Social unity
  • Ensured that political decisions were in line with people's moral values and beliefs
  • More loyalty from citizens
  • Everyone agrees on the same laws
  • Everyone believes that the ruler is connected with God

Why have societies throughout the world formed different forms of government?

I think it's because it's been a tradition to always have some sort of government to keep the peace. When people didn't like what one person of the government ideas were they went of and created a new one to fit their liking and so on.