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  Theocracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Theocracy never had that literal meaning in English, as it entered the language in 1622, used for "sacerdotal government under divine inspiration" (as in Biblical Israel before the rise of kings); the meaning "priestly or religious body wielding political and civil power" is recorded from 1825.
A theocracy may be monist in form, where the administrative hierarchy of the government is identical with the administrative hierarchy of the religion, or it may have two 'arms', but with the religious hierarchy dominating the state administrative hierarchy.
Theocracy should be distinguished from other, secular forms of government which also have a state religion, and from some monarchies, in which the head of state legitimates the authority of the crown as being held By the Grace of God and tends to assume a sacral aura.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Theocracy
Theocracy should be distinguished from forms of government which have a state religion, and from some monarchies, in which the head of state claims that his or her authority comes from God.
In the second usage of the term theocracy, in which the governmental rulers are identical with the leaders of the dominant religion.
This distinguishes a theocracy from forms of governments which have a state religion or from traditional monarchies in which the head of state claims that his or her authority comes from God.
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 Theocracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Theocracy is a form of government in which the governmental rulers are identical with the leaders of the dominant religion, and governmental policies are either identical with or strongly influenced by the principles of the majority religion.
Theocracy A form of civil government in which God Himself is recognized as the head.
Democracy or Theocracy: Frank, Struve, Berdjaev, Bulgakov, and the 1905 Russian Revolution Geir Flikke analyses the writings of four of the exile thinkers in the period from 1903 to 1906 and gives an assessment of their philosophical and political ideas in the context of the 1905 Revolution.
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 CQ Press : Current Events In Context : Terrorism
Theocracy, derived from two Greek words meaning "rule by the deity," is the name given to political regimes that claim to represent the Divine on earth both directly and immediately.
In theory, there is no reason why a theocracy and a democratic form of government are incompatible--vox populi, vox dei ("the voice of the people is the voice of God")--but historically those nations regarded as theocracies have been ruled by a theologically trained elite.
Finally, in states controlled by one party, which theocracies tend to be, police are often tempted to resort to brutality and other harsh measures that undermine the legitimacy of the regime.
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 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Theocracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
The term theocracy is used to describe a form of government in which a religion or faith plays a dominant role.
However, unlike other forms of government, a theocracy can be unique, in that the administrative hierarchy of the government is often identical with the administrative hierarchy of the religion.
A more literal term for what is commonly meant by "theocracy" is "ecclesiocracy," which denotes the rule of a religious leader or body in the name of God, as opposed to the literal rule of God.
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 Theocracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
By extension a theocracy is a country in which control is in the hands of the clergy.
The typical example of a theocracy is that established by the Hebrew lawgiver Moses.
Certainly the system was a theocracy in the sense that it assumed responsibility to God on the part of secular and ecclesiastical authority alike, and proposed as its end the effectual operation of the will of God in the life of the people.
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 Living Greyhawk: Theocracy of the Pale
They number a full force of 5000 troops scattered around the Theocracy of the Pale, but the bulk of that is in Atherstone, mobilized to retake their homeland under the control of the Theocracy of the Pale.
These two Brilliant Castles are responsible for the defense of the Theocracy of the Pale from the northern Troll Fens and together with Dour Pentress form the first line of defense against threats from the Troll Fens.
The heavy cavalry are for use in the open fields of the Theocracy of the Pale, while the light cavalry is for use as strike forces along the edge of the Gamboge Forest.
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Thus in a theocracy civic duties and functions form a part of religion, implying the absorption of the State by the Church or at least the supremacy of the latter over the State.
The earliest recorded use of the term "theocracy" is found in Josephus, who apparently coins it in explaining to Gentile readers the organization of the Jewish commonwealth of his time.
The bearing of these passages on the historic institution of the theocracy varies in the estimation of different scholars according to the date assigned by them to the sources to which the passages belong.
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 Constitutional theocracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The phrase constitutional theocracy describes a form of elected government in which one single religion is granted an authoritative central role in the legal and political system.
In contrast to a pure theocracy, power resides in lay political figures operating within the bounds of a constitution, rather than in the religious leadership.
Though his definition seems generally compatible with other views that a constitutional theocracy is a government using a single religion as its sole source of law, other writers do not mention Egypt as often as Iran in this context.
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 Preview - Theocracy // PC /// Eurogamer
Although Theocracy has a series of short missions with definite goals like most real time strategy games, these are really more of a tutorial to ease players into the game.
Theocracy is looking like it could be rather special, mixing the turn-based and real time strategy genres to come up with something almost unique.
Theocracy is due out in March, and we should be bringing you a full review of the game in time for its release.
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 Theocracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
The term theocracy is commonly used to describe a form of government in which a religion or faith plays the dominant role.
Many observers would consider Iran a theocracy, since the elected president and legislature are subject to the supervision of clerics.
Saudi Arabia is run according to a version of shari'a (traditional Islamic legislation) with the Koran declared to be the constitution and is sometimes incorrectly classified as theocratic, but it is officially and in fact a monarchy, with the monarch wielding near-absolute power and the organs of official religion subservient to them.
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 GameOver - Theocracy (c) Ubi Soft
Theocracy is a real-time strategy game in which you take control of one of the Aztec tribes in the 14th century.
Theocracy opens with an animated introduction that pales in comparison with some of the flashy cut-scenes seen in other strategy games.
Theocracy seems to attempt to make up for the lack of unit variety by introducing magic types into the fray.
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 Theocracy (3)
Theocracy in New England is the term usually applied to the political regime set up by the founders of Massachusetts Bay and New Haven colonies.
In a still more fundamental sense, the governments of the two colonies were true theocracies in that all society was held to be ordained by God as a check upon the impulses of depraved human nature, and therefore that all politics should ideally be directed to the ends prescribed by God.
Call the early New England system a "theocracy" if you will; yet, in the discussions of public affairs, in the choosing of officials, in the deliberations of the town meeting, morals and religions were in their politics and they heeded not the sneer that they were infusing politics into their religion.
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 FrontPage magazine.com :: Death to Theocracy by Robert A. Tracinski
The Ayatollah Khomeini was the first to develop a systematic theory of modern Islamic theocracy--a totalitarian fusion of mosque and state that is nearly identical to the philosophy later espoused by Osama bin Laden.
Under the theocracy founded by Khomeini, Iran has been a systematic exporter of the ideas and methods of terrorism, backing international terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.
Helping to establish a secular government on the ruins of a theocracy would provide a vivid demonstration of the failure of Islamic fanaticism--and a model of a free, prosperous, secular society.
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 Theocracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Theocracy is a form of government in which the governmental rulers are with the leaders of the dominant religion and governmental policies are either identical or strongly influenced by the principles of majority religion.
Typically the government claims to on behalf of God or a higher power as specified the local religion.
I agreed with the previous reviewers in saying that this is one of the best books regarding the theocratic state that the Mormons tried to create during their early territorial years.
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 Theocracy: An Inescapable Concept
The evangelical and moral vote scared the daylights out of a cabal of frenzied popping jays who have had a near monopoly on the flow of editorial comment over the last 20 years.
In a place derisively called “Jesusland.” The people at www.Jesusland.com have even come up with what they describe as a “crypto-fascist theocracy” national anthem called the “Star Spangled Bible.” Read it, and then ask who are the real fascists.
Christianity is viewed as a rival theocracy by liberal theocrats.
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There is a world of difference between Osama bin Laden's version of a Muslim theocracy and the prophet Micah's version of a Christian Theocracy.
A society where a king rules is called a "monarchy," and the Bible says this form of government is a rejection of Theocracy (1 Samuel 8).
But it won't be a perfect Theocracy until they eliminate (by resignation or by voting) the priests and the kings.
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 Theocracy Mormon
Theocracy as explained in the popular selling book The Mormon Conspiracy provides a history of the Mormon Church whose early leaders, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, were virtual dictators in their thirty nine year control of the church.
Church hierarchy involvement is apparent in all aspects of government, including the Supreme Court, as shown by the church’s filing of a legal brief with the court, opposing a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that would prevent the National Boy Scout organization from excluding gays from Boy Scout groups.
Mormon theocracy regards the President (or Prophet) of the church to be infallible, and they believe that he has direct communication with God, therefore can do no wrong or make a mistake.
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 Theocracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
THEOCRACY - this is the biggest world issue today, over which, shortly, the final war of Armageddon shall be fought.
Upon all men fell condemnation of death by reason of the sin of the first man; and by the obedience of Christ Jesus in the performance of his Father's will the way of redemption, deliverance and blessing is opened to mankind.
It was in 1914 to 1918 that there was a "war in heaven", in which Christ Jesus and his angels fought against the Devil and his angels and which resulted in casting the Devil and his angels down to the earth.
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 Theocracy (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia) :: Bible Tools   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
For the word "theocracy" we are, by common consent, indebted to Josephus.
That the foregoing is the Old Testament idea of God's relation to His people is admitted to be a natural and necessary implication from such passages as Judges 8:23; 1Sa.
For while the term "theocracy" occurs in modern literature, it is evidently used in a much lower sense.
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 FT August/September 2006: Opinion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
But the fear of theocracy has become a defining panic of the Bush era, reaching a fever pitch in the weeks after the 2004 election, when a host of commentators seized on polls suggesting that “moral values” had pushed the president over the top—and found in that data point a harbinger of Gilead.
And the taint of theocracy is everywhere, infecting everyone from Timothy McVeigh (a potential harbinger of “theocratic authoritarianism,” despite his distinct lack of Christian beliefs) to Marvin Olasky (who “seems to be drawn to totalitarian ideologies”).
The hysteria over theocracy, in turn, represents an attempt to rewrite the history of the United States to suit these voters’ prejudices, by setting a year zero somewhere around 1970 and casting everything that’s happened since as a battle between progress and atavism, reason and fundamentalism, the Enlightenment and the medieval dark.
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 On the Brink of 'Theocracy' - Center for American Progress   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Progressives who think warnings about "theocracy" are an exaggeration should take a closer look at "Justice Sunday: Filibustering People of Faith," the Christian Right telethon headlined by Senate Majority Leader William Frist.
In fact, I think we are teetering on the brink of theocracy and the Christian Right could conceivably use the battle over the judiciary and weakening support for reproductive rights to push us over the edge.
The theocracy envisioned by the Christian Right centers around their interpretation of "family" and "values," with the U.S. Supreme Court portrayed as the font of the anti-religious moral decay that is destroying America.
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 Sobran Column --- The Fear of "Theocracy"
They see the threat of theocracy in every Christmas creche, in legal restrictions on abortion, in public school prayer, in the rise of the Religious Right, in the Pledge of Allegiance, in any official reference to the Almighty (“In God we trust”).
There is nothing in the nature of theocracy, however defined, that warrants the predatory tax rates that are now standard in the modern democracies.
This is why it’s valuable to read the literature of those ages, in which ordinary life is recorded, and can be measured, apart from the scattered episodes by which the modern mind judges those ages.
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 This Side of Theocracy by Martin E. Marty
That verbal swing aside, Barone is correct: We are probably not destined to become the predominantly secular society that liberals foresaw.
What the people who whisper or shout "theocracy!" worry about is the power of religious minorities to lobby, form political combinations, gain access to legislators, and the like -- to "impose laws." Again, this is all basically legal.
In recent months, voices have risen from others among "the multiplicity of sects" -- "others" referring to those who are less often heard and seen in headlines and on prime-time than those who really do pitch for a theocracy as their ultimate goal.
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 Theocracy : A topic worthy of detailed inquiry. References and resources to initiate worthwhile study, investigations, ...
Theocracy : A topic worthy of detailed inquiry.
Forgotten Kingdom : The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1847-1896 (Kingdom in the West, V. by David L. Bigler.
Theocracy in Massachusetts : Reformation and Separation in Early Puritan New England
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 Theocracy's Official Website!
Hopefully you will be able to find out a little more about the band and their music while you're here.
Theocracy hails from Athens, GA, and their critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut album was released on MetalAges Records in October of 2003.
The album was completely created by founding member Matt Smith, and was hailed by fans and critics alike as a Power Metal tour-de-force of the highest quality.
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 Calpundit: A Theocracy in Iraq?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
It may not be as fundamentalist as, say, Iran, but that's liable to be small comfort once they decide they've had enough and start warming up the clan leaders to kick us out.
A democracy in which a particular cleric decides to endorse a particular candidate is not a theocracy.
It is fundamentally incompatable with the notion of theocracy.
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 Some experts fear a Shiite theocracy following Sunday's elections in Iraq - (BP)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Valerie Clemente, a Christian from Nashville, Tenn., waved while holding an Iraqi flag to show her support of Iraqi expatriates voting at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds Jan. 28.
But Shiite leaders, who likely will capture a majority of the seats in Iraq's parliament, attempted to assuage fears of a theocracy by insisting that the nation's new government will be decidedly secular and relegate Islam to a supporting role, according to The New York Times.
Should a Shiite theocracy emerge from the elections, it likely would be similar to the current government in Iran, a country dominated by Shiites, Shahid said.
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 Theocracy Encyclopedia Article @ HubOfTheUniverse.com (Hub of the Universe)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Theocracy Encyclopedia Article @ HubOfTheUniverse.com (Hub of the Universe)
This page contains quite a lot of relevant information about Theocracy.
American Theocracy The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century.
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