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CUNY philosophy professor Peter Simpson has published “Theocracy’s Challenge” presenting a cogent argument for the superiority of theocracy over secular liberalism. It concludes:

“The modern world has prided itself on getting rid of a theological power capable of commanding and restraining the political. Its much-touted claim is that we have thereby secured for ourselves a freedom unknown and inconceivable by a past under the deadening thrall of priests. But pride, as they say, goeth before a fall. Few things in human life can be trusted pure and left alone without external check and restraint. Most men are no more angels than they are devils; they oscillate between the two. To ensure that none become devils, or that any who do can never hold power unchecked, the universal practice of the pre-modern world, pagan or Christian or something else, where the temporal power exercised political authority in necessary concert, peaceful or conflicted, with the spiritual power, needs to be revived. One way or another theocracy will have its revenge.”

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: Religion, Secularism 
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  1. Onebornfree says: • Website

    “CUNY philosophy professor Peter Simpson….presenting a cogent argument for the superiority of theocracy over secular liberalism.”

    In other words, yet another frickin’ moron pontificating about his grand theory as to what is the best system for ruling all of the other morons, according to his own personal preferences.

    And so it goes….

    “Regards” onebornfree

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Einsteve
  2. PPB says:

    The skeletal form of any political system (theocracy, socialism, capitalism, liberal democracy etc.) and the proclaimed authority by which it rules (some sectarian notion of “God”, natural law, “we hold these truths to be self-evident”, the theories of Karl Marx) will invariably contribute far less to the well-being of the humans who live under it than will the quality and motives of the human individuals who operate its levers. It isn’t patriotism alone that can serve as the last refuge of a scoundrel— any of the above forms of government will do just fine.

  3. Kouros says:

    I think it harks at the divine law, because the human law gets trampled and remade by those holding the gun, all the time. So there is some truth to that.

    And on this logic, Iran’s theocratic constitutional republic is front of the pack in reaching heaven on earth. i knew it. The only obstacle is the crushing economic sanctions from the US. I wonder, if Iran were left to its own devices, unencumbered by the 40 or so war against it, how it would fare with its experiment in democracy backed by divine law?

  4. Tulip says:

    How is “secular liberalism” not a theocracy?

    Oh, it says its not right here on the label: “Not a theocracy”. . .and be sure to wear your rainbow badge to show you’re an ally or you might face professional consequences. I don’t want to see any more crosses, either.

    After all, if you can’t believe your own leaders to tell you the truth, who can you believe?

  5. homer simpson

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  6. We have a neo-theocracy. GloboHomo Queertianity and Worship of the Holy Three: Jews, Negroes, and Homos.

  7. Crazy Horse [AKA "Gall"] says:

    Keeping the wonderful example of Israel’s Theocratic Terrorist state in mind…er…thanks but no thanks. I’ll pass.

  8. Avianthro says:

    All nations are held together by some sort of “holy lie”, whether it be the concept of a “God in Heaven” or the superiority of some kind of secular political-economic “-ism”. When faith is lost in one particular “holy lie”, a new one must be found. We humans with our overly-developed consciousness (See “denial theory” in evolutionary psychology) need lies, but at the same time we say that we seek truth. If we really do seek truth, maybe someday we’ll be able to found a civilization on science? But, could we really handle that? Are we then stuck with our lie versus their lie?

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  9. Rebel0007 says:

    The United States has a theocracy, it is just not discussed. It is a Satanic Hedonistic Fascist Sadistic Cult that controls everything in America. Hedons do not think, which explains why this country is totally insane and acting like a circus freak show. They just do what ever feels good at the moment without any considerations what so ever for the consequences of their actions. They cannot think five minutes ahead, let alone five years ahead. They have the emotional maturity of two year olds and throw temper tantrums with bombs when they don’t get their way. They do not know right from wrong, or good from evil. They are psychopaths.

    • Replies: @J. Alfred Powell
  10. Dumbo says:

    If we really do seek truth, maybe someday we’ll be able to found a civilization on science?

    Science =/= Truth and cannot serve as a basis to build any society, at least not exclusively.

    Good or bad, we need other more subjective elements (morality, empathy, well-being, etc.).

    Secular liberalism is a religion, only it is a suicide cult.

  11. Yeah, let’s go back to burning people at the stake for making scientific observations about the universe.

    Mankind has corrupted every type of government with greed and wickedness. There’s no solution for this problem other than limited government.

  12. In the quoted passage the author seems to advocate a mixed sort of government where the church has some official recognition and prerogatives but not so much as to justify the term ‘theocracy.’ Was Elizabethan England a ‘theocracy’?

    We seem to have a theocracy now, with the Church of Wokeness sharing power with Reform Judaism.

  13. Einsteve says:

    Free speech is fine but keep it short and simple please.

  14. @Rebel0007

    The proper name of this cult and its god, as was well known to Americans 100 years ago, is “Mammon.” Above all, it is dedicated to the service of Greed and Pecuniolatry is its essential rite.

  15. In the primal urVedic (“Indo-European”) culture from which all western civilization stems there were, in addition to farmers, three classes: the priests, the knights and the merchants. the priesthood attended to the direction of society, its spiritual and moral balances with the cosmos and the divine; the knights defended and kept social forms and order working in proper balance according to their guidance, and the merchants provided for its material needs. Over the course of the fourth millennium BC this primal urban system broke down, subverted by the lowest order, the servants of Mammon, the merchants, inciting and attempting to control the middle order, the knights, and by corrupting the priesthood. Around 3200 BC we entered the Kali Yuga, ruled by demonic destruction. And here were are.

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