Theocracy

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Theocracy (from greek theos = god, cratos = leadership) is a type of government in which a religion or faith plays a major role, as opposed to a government with separation of church and state. In a theocracy, the higher religious leaders of the state are also the people in charge of that state.

Current states with theocratic elements

  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Mauritania
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • The Vatican

Current states with vestigial theocratic aspects

  • Andorra
  • England
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Germany


v · d Secularism
Support for separation of church and state   United States Constitution · First Amendment · Free exercise clause · Religious test · Separation of church and state
Attacks against separation of church and state   Proselytizing · Theocracy · In God We Trust · Persecution · Authoritarianism · Fundamentalism · Blue laws · Dominionism · Sharia · Theodemocracy · Blasphemy Law · Blasphemous libel · List of Theocratic political parties
Arguments for theocratic government   America as a Christian nation · Australia as a Christian nation · Canada as a Christian nation
v · d Society
History of society   Code of Hammurabi
Politics and political parties   Communism · Conservatism · Democracy · Liberalism · Libertarianism · Nationalism · Socialism · Theocracy
Political Issues   Abortion · Blasphemy Law · Gay marriage · Separation of church and state
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