THEOCRACY

Government headed by a religious leader.

Benefits of Theocracy

  • No one can question the government.
  • A single, state- supported religion encouraged political and social unity.
  • Everyone has the same beliefs.
  • Ensured that political decisions were in line with the people's moral values and beliefs.

Disadvantages of Theocracy

  • No one can question the government.
  • Warfare breaks out because people fight for control of their government for their religious beliefs.

Facts about Theocracy

  • In 2007, only two theocracies existed in the world: Vatican City(headed by the Catholic pope), and Iran.
  • Iran changed from a monarchy to a theocracy in 1979. It is an Islamic republic headed by a religious leader known as the Ayatollah Khomeini.