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  §5. The Emigrants: the Theocratic Group—John Cotton, Nathaniel Ward, John Eliot; the Democratic ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
During the later years, when Presbyterianism had been definitely overthrown in England, the controversy lay between the theocratic hierarchy—which after the year 1637 was the dominant power—and the dissenting democracy; the former seeking to Presbyterianize the church away from its primitive Congregationalism, the latter seeking to maintain the purity of the Plymouth ideal.
Despite the logic of the theocrats, unanimity of opinion among the Saints was sadly lacking; and the peace of the new Canaan was troubled and the patience of the leaders sorely tried by pious malcontents, who were not content that God should rule through John Cotton, but themselves desired to be the Lord’s vicegerents.
Hebraist and theocrat though he professed to be, his Hebraic theocracy was grounded upon the people, and pointed straight towards the sovereignty of the individual congregation.
www.bonus.com /contour/bartlettqu/http@@/www.bartleby.com/225/0305.html   (3499 words)

 THE POLITICS OF LOVE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Theocratic justice recognizes God alone, especially in his self-emptying character, as worthy of enforcing justice, confessing that all attempts to force justice into existence through worldly power are bound to fail in the long run, even if they appear to succeed in the short term.
From the theocratic perspective, it is such activities, and not political protests and debates, which ought to be the focus of activity in the battle against the lovelessness that causes abortions.
Needless to say, the theocrat's prime concern would be not to protect the rights of such a person, but rather to minister in love to the oppression which is the root of their problem, just as Jesus did for the woman caught in adultery [Jn.
www.hkbu.edu.hk /~ppp/bth/bth7.html   (14600 words)

 The Reformed Theocrats: A Biblical Theological Response   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thus, their theocratic aspirations are unlikely to be implemented in the near or distant future in a culturally diverse and religiously pluralistic nation like the United States.
As a semi-eschatological theocracy, the church's theocratic dimension is bound up with the mystery of the "already" and "not-yet" character of the reign of her exalted theocratic King.
All Reformed theocrats agree that the kingdom of God is broader than the church, that the church is but one institutional form of the kingdom of God, and that other institutions (including the state) may and ought to be additional institutional expressions of God's sovereign reign in history.
www.upper-register.com /theonomy/reformed_theocrats.html   (11843 words)

 Lying in Court and Religion
Rather, she was using theocratic war strategy, hiding the truth by action and word for the sake of the ministry.
This volume teaches theocratic war strategy, noting that the branch leaders are to use their judgment to determine if it is in the best interest of the Watchtower Society to be honest, noting that “sometimes it is best not to say certain things, even though they are true” (Henricksen, 1993, p.
The teaching of the Watchtower theocratic war strategy doctrine that it is appropriate to withhold the truth from those who could use it to harm the Watchtower is intended to further their interests (Bergman, 1994).
www.freeminds.org /doctrine/lyingincourt.htm   (12864 words)

For the theocrat will recognize that, although politics (like all aspects of culture) is not in itself evil, it becomes an instrument for evil whenever the politician holds on to his or her power, or trusts in it as an autonomous source of goodness.
This suggests that theocratic leadership of any type (whether it be as a politician, a pastor, a proprietor, or a parent) requires us not only to adopt the posture of a servant, but to be willing to maintain this posture even to the point of death.
Tinder calls this theocratic way of life "the prophetic stance" [see e.g., 8-9,15,26-35,53-54], and insists that it requires us to adopt "a disposition to attack concrete, visible injustices" [66], even though we are ultimately incapable of implementing "perfect justice" [61-68].
www.hkbu.edu.hk /~ppp/bth/bth5.html   (10450 words)

 The Jehovah's Witnesses and the Theocratic Subversion of Ethnicity
But Jehovah's global theocratic organization is inhabited by persons who currently reside in over 200 countries, speak a bewildering array of languages and manifest every imaginable variation in physical appearance and skin color.
If it is the Governing Body's responsibility to provide authoritative theocratic guidance in the proper interpretation of God's word, it is the task of local Kingdom Halls--under the careful supervision of Society-appointed elders--to ensure that individuals are properly indoctrinated in Bible Truths before baptism, and to provide opportunities for the education of its members.
In Jehovah's theocratic kingdom ethnic particularities, political allegiances and socioeconomic distinctions are (ideally) repudiated and dissolved.
www.watchtowerinformationservice.org /ethni.html?FACTNet   (5336 words)

 Neither secular not theocratic state dictatorship! - Greece / Turkey / Cyprus Religion - Anarkismo
The defenders of secular state say that the defenders of theocratic state would build a totalitarian state and would repress all thoughts and beliefs which do not comply to the rules of religion.
The defenders of theocratic state say that the aim of the defenders of secular state is not only to repress religion and religious people but also to repress all thoughts and beliefs which do not comply to the "supreme" ideology of secular minority.
The defenders of theocratic state say that "their" state does not mean repression but freedom.
www.anarkismo.net /newswire.php?story_id=974   (810 words)

 Theocracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As mentioned above, the "theocratic nation" was born through the annihilation of the Egyptian army.
This wonderful "theocratic nation" did, according to the Bible, roam the Sinai desert for 40 years, killing, looting and grabbing all they could possibly get hold of.
As an example of "rule of love" however the "theocratic nation" leaves a lot to be desired, to say the least.
www.geocities.com /osarsif/theocracy.htm   (1563 words)

 Theocratic Warfare alive and well in the Watchtower
The enclosed letter is dated 1988, some years after “Theocratic Warfare Strategy” was first defined, yet you will see in the explanation they refer to the 1960’s Watchtower article to show that the information was still consistent with organizational policy.
This policy continues to this day and is being practiced when elders and other members testify in the courts, when they speak to the media, as well as when key people in the organization speak to their members about the child abuse problem in the organization.
What is “Theocratic Warfare Strategy?” Simply stated, the license to tell out right lies and use any deception to protect the money and reputation or the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
www.randytv.com /theocraticwar.htm   (992 words)

The 'theocratic language' includes the redefinition of standard English words, the emotional charging of words, the peculiar use of metaphor in argument, and the adoption of particular mannerisms of speech.
I argue that the heavily jargonized Theocratic discourse splits human society in two: the corrupt world system is dominated by Satanic forces, and the pure theocratic order is currently manifested in those faithful witnesses of Jehovah separated from the world, recognizable by their righteous lifestyle and pure theocratic speech.
The theocratic vision of the Watchtower--this eschatological metanarrative to be finally and eternally realized at the conclusion of the battle of Armageddon--has no room for local stories and ethnic particularities.
www.watchtowerinformationservice.org /language.html?FACTNet   (8263 words)

 The Public Eye : Website of Political Research Associates
The central threat to democracy posed by the theocratic right is not that its leaders are religious, or fundamentalist, or right wing--but that they justify their political, legislative, and regulatory agenda as fulfilling God's plan.
The theocratic right, regressive populism, and White racial nationalism make up a hard right political sector that is distinct from and sometimes in opposition to mainstream Republicanism and the internationalist wing of corporate conservatism.
But by 1984, the theocratic right had persuaded many traditionally Democratic but socially conservative Christians that support for prayer in the schools and opposition to abortion, sex education, and pornography could be delivered by the Republicans through the smiling visage of the Great Communicator.
www.publiceye.org /magazine/v06n1/culwar.html   (8953 words)

 The StudyLight Forums!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
United as a faithful company of slaves they comprise a visible theocratic organization and in Jesus’ illustration here under discussion are pictured as a “faithful and discreet slave”, and this composite slave class must see to it that it provides properly for all its individual members, the domestics.
We should meekly go along with the Lord’s theocratic organization and wait for further clarification, rather than balk at the first mention of a thought unpalatable to us and proceed to quibble and mouth our criticisms and opinions as though they were worth more than the slave’s provision of spiritual food.
Theocratic ones will appreciate the Lord’s visible organization and not be so foolish as to pit against Jehovah’s channel their own human reasoning and sentiment and personal feelings.
www.studylight.org /forums/viewtopic.php?t=2423&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15   (10786 words)

 Quotes on the theocratic organization
As those seven assistants were appointed by the apostolic governing body, who extended their hands in approval of such assistants, those appointments were theocratic, not congregational or democratic.
No, but it was a theocratic organization with officers and assistants that were theocratically appointed by the governing body and Jesus Christ, the "head of the congregation." The "gifts in men" that had been given to it were, not from the Roman Emperor Caesar, but from the great Theocrat, Jehovah God, through Jesus Christ.
The governing body over all these theocratic congregations is whole-souled behind this evangelizing work and is making every arrangement for getting the work done within the time divinely allowed.
www.freeminds.org /history/orgquotes.htm   (6995 words)

 Random Ruminations: A Theocratic Iraq?
The administration sent Cheney and Rumsfeld out this weekend to assure the world that there is little risk of a 'theocratic Iraq' emerging from last month's elecitons.
Juan Cole rightly points out that this depends on what one means by a 'theocratic' Iraq.
While it is unlikely that clerics will hold posts in the government, it's hard to imagine that the clerics that control the UIA will accept anything less than the complete replacement of secular civil law with Sharia.
www.randomruminations.com /random_ruminations/2005/02/a_theocratic_ir.html   (223 words)

 AlterNet: Revolutionary Cookbooks and Theocratic Revolution
Excerpted from "Revolutionary Cookbooks and Theocratic Revolution," by Frederick Clarkson: "While the trial of alleged Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh has focused national attention on the threat of neo-nazi violence in the U.S., there is much more far-right violence in the United States than is generally reported.
In an attack against the Lovejoy Surgicenter in Portland, Oregon in May, a 55 gallon drum of fuel oil was siphoned into a clinic in the dead of night and set ablaze, causing an estimated $500,000 damage.
Thus it was unsurprising when later that year, Newsweek reported that a man who lived in Trewhellas basement in 1990, had planned a "guerrilla campaign of clinic bombings and assassinations of doctors," but left the movement before acting on his plans.
www.alternet.org /story.html?StoryID=5434   (1553 words)

 Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The best way to estimate the strength of the theocratic right is to go to their organizations and see how they rate our legislators.
This bill was lobbied for intensively by virtually all the key organizations of the theocratic right, and opposed by a strong coalition of mainline religious groups.
Because most groups except the theocratic Right opposed the bill, it was a good measure of their numbers in the House in 2002.
www.4religious-right.info /introduction2.htm   (2578 words)

 Rice Downplays Prospect of Theocratic Rule in Iraq
She says Shi’ite politicians understand that theocratic rule over the country would be unacceptable.
While many Sunni Muslims boycotted the elections or were afraid to vote because of the insurgency, the country's majority Shi’ites trooped to the polls in large numbers and appear poised to win control of the country's new National Assembly.
"They understand that a theocratic government or a clerical government would be unacceptable to the vast majority of the Iraqi people,” she said.
www.voanews.com /english/2005-02-08-voa75.cfm   (489 words)

 Theocratic Warfare: Why Jehovah's Witnesses Lie In Court
in terms of theocratic warfare or spiritual warfare JWs believe that all non-JWs are in the camp of Satan and all JWs are in God's camp....
They justify deception in court by teaching the concept of theocratic warfare in which lying (or in the WT words, withholding the truth) is proper if it is in the interests of the organization.
This is an example of JW theocratic war strategy--deliberately lying in the interest of their religion.
www.freeminds.org /psych/whylie.htm   (2659 words)

 Theocratic Church Government - A Fully Functioning Five
One of the greatest challenges in establishing Theocratic Church Government in the local church is to find and fit into their place a fully functioning five.
We must not let a lack of total qualification prevent us from establishing Biblical church government that will replace the present system, in which absolutely no one is, or even can be, equipped to do all that is expected of them.
The Theocratic model is also the only way a godly para-church ministry can operate.
www.ourchurch.com /view?pageID=107931   (1892 words)

 Theocratic Warfare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As a soldier of Christ he is in theocratic warfare and he must exercise added caution when dealing with God's foes.
May I say in finishing, that what ever the official line is on theocratic warfare, many many Jwhovahs Witnesses use it to get themselves out of doctrinal, historical, and embarrassing jams concerning the Watchtower and its blunders.
Jehovah's Witnesses may not start out using theocratic warfare in their day to day lives, but the more they come across opposers and questions about the org.
www.agapeacceptance.co.uk /theocraticwarfare.htm   (1635 words)

 PublicEye.org - Theocratic Dominionism Gains Influence - Part 1
The Christian Right has shown impressive resilience and has rebounded dramatically after a series of embarrassing televangelist scandals of the late 1980s, the collapse of Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority, and the failed presidential bid of Pat Robertson.
Generally, Reconstructionism seeks to replace democracy with a theocratic elite that would govern by imposing their interpretation of "Biblical Law." Reconstructionism would eliminate not only democracy but many of its manifestations, such as labor unions, civil rights laws, and public schools.
Reconstructionist theologian David Chilton succinctly describes this view: "The Christian goal for the world is the universal development of Biblical theocratic republics, in which every area of life is redeemed and placed under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the rule of God's law."
www.publiceye.org /magazine/v08n1/chrisre1.html   (2486 words)

 Bhutan Theocratic Government, 1616-1907 - Flags, Maps, Economy, Geography, Climate, Natural Resources, Current Issues, ...
In the seventeenth century, a theocratic government independent of Tibetan political influence was established, and premodern Bhutan emerged.
The theocratic government was founded by an expatriate Drukpa monk, Ngawang Namgyal, who arrived in Bhutan in 1616 seeking freedom from the domination of the Gelugpa subsect led by the Dalai Lama (Ocean Lama) in Lhasa.
During Ngawang Namgyal's rule, administration comprised a state monastic body with an elected head, the Je Khenpo (lord abbot), and a theocratic civil government headed by the druk desi (regent of Bhutan, also known as deb raja in Western sources).
workmall.com /wfb2001/bhutan/bhutan_history_theocratic_government_1616_1907.html   (709 words)

 Bush’s theocratic mythocracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Confirming the OAS in its true nature of a U.S. ministry of colonies has established standards taken from U.S. bureaucracy for the designation of the secretary of that organization, by demanding that candidates fill in a form declaring that they are not corrupt.
The United States has promoted the nomination of a coup leader, Francisco Flores, the former president of El Salvador, which means under the sponsorship and impetus of the second presidential term of the Bush theocratic mythocracy, that terrorism, destabilization and coups are the order of the day, as during the self-styled regional organization’s worst times.
It has been said that only Cervantes’ genius allowed the second part of Don Quixote to be as good as the first, and a book that was published 400 years ago in 2005.
www.axisoflogic.com /cgi-bin/exec/view.pl?archive=83&num=14219&printer=1   (780 words)

 Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Theocrats aim for dominion, or control over their societies in the name of God.
Legislators representing the theocratic right can be replaced in the 2006 elections, but it will take hard, sustained work, and lots of passion.
As long as the theocratic right can hide behind moderates, it will be easier for them to remain in power.
www.theocracywatch.org   (2058 words)

 The Constitution: A Secular Theocracy?
First, it is not disputed that the States had established Theocratic governments.
All the delegates to the Constitutional Convention were sent to Philadelphia covenantally bound by such oaths to support Theocratic Christianity.
In particular, it was the Everson Court which is said to have broken decisively with the older Theocratic Christian understanding of the Constitution.
members.aol.com /TestOath/12secular.htm   (4510 words)

It is where the summit of philosophy meets with mathematics, music and geometry to bring forth the ideal world which until now has been hidden behind the veil of the illusion that there is more than One God.
The Planetary transition to Theocratic Democracy will be made in a perfectly legal manner with a formal petition by the people for the Cosmic Changeover.
The people are clearly ready to pass through window 8.12 to Theocratic Democracy, where absolute freedom, security and abundance is a way of life.
usnisa.org /cosmic_cube/0812.html   (1312 words)

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