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Disillusionment with forms of theocratic government, such as practiced in Iran, can lead people to question the legitimacy of any religious beliefs used to justify non-secular government.
Religious belief - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  a society governed by religious officials
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theocracy theocratic theocracies theocrat
Note that many words that have to do with governing end in "ocracy"; e.g., democracy, and bureaucracy.
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  • Disillusionment with forms of theocratic government, such as practiced in Iran, can lead people to question the legitimacy of any religious beliefs used to justify non-secular government.
    Religious belief - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • The Dalai Lamas ruled Tibet as a theocracy from the middle of the 17th century until the seizure of Tibet by China in 1950.
    Buddhism - MSN Encarta  -- 05/21/06)
  • Although church and state were officially separate, they cooperated so closely that Geneva was virtually a theocracy.
    Reformation - MSN Encarta  -- 05/21/06)
  • For example, Roger Williams found it necessary to found a new colony in Rhode Island to escape persecution in the theocratically dominated colony of Massachusetts.
    Freedom of religion - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)

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  • Simply, it was this: for good purposes, even high purposes, the people of Salem developed a theocracy, a combine of state and religious power whose function was to keep the community together, and to prevent any kind of disunity that might open it to destruction by material or ideological enemies.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • They are the hieroglyphics of feudalism, succeeding those of theocracy.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The humans are often puzzled to understand the range of his opinions—why he is one day almost a Communist and the next not far from some kind of theocratic Fascism—one day a scholastic, and the next prepared to deny human reason altogether—one day immersed in politics, and, the day after, declaring that all states of us world are equally "under judgment".
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • The notion of this strange culture pocket, hidden amongst unknown ranges, and ruled over by some vague kind of theocracy, interested him as a student of history, apart from the curious though perhaps related secrets of the lamasery.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • In the case of Judaism, it came in the form of the Pharisees, who imposed a rigid legalistic theocracy on the Hebrews.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Alessandro lost himself for a moment in the great hall where bookshelves rose to a vaulted ceiling five storeys high, and stained glass windows at either end made the scholars feel both that they were submerged in a tropical sea and that they would be prepared were scholasticism subsumed in theocracy.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War

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  • It was the prognostication of the philosopher who sees human thought, volatilized by the press, evaporating from the theocratic recipient.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • All civilization begins in theocracy and ends in democracy.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Feudalism demands to share with theocracy, while awaiting the inevitable arrival of the people, who will assume the part of the lion: ~Quia nominor leo~.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Between theocratic architecture and this there is the difference that lies between a sacred language and a vulgar language, between hieroglyphics and art, between Solomon and Phidias.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • People who were used to the rigid theocracy of the Pharisees couldn’t handle the idea of a popular, nonhierarchical church.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • pire-another rigid, brutal, and irrational theocracy.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The general characteristics of all theocratic architecture are immutability, horror of progress, the preservation of traditional lines, the consecration of the primitive types, the constant bending of all the forms of men and of nature to the incomprehensible caprices of the symbol.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "Ludovico Indian," he said gendy, but firmly, "since its beginning the world has seen empires, theocracies, slave states, anarchy, feudalism, capitalism, revolutionary states, and everything else you can think of, and no matter what the variation, the bloodstained stakes, guillotines, and killing grounds remain."
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • …it were by the round arch, almost Egyptian, with the exception of the ceiling; all hieroglyphics, all sacerdotal, all symbolical, more loaded in their ornaments, with lozenges and zigzags, than with flowers, with flowers than with animals, with animals than with men; the work of the architect less than of the bishop; first transformation of art, all impressed with theocratic and military discipline, taking root in the Lower Empire, and stopping with the time of William the Conqueror.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • During its first period, while theocracy is organizing Europe, while the Vatican is rallying and reclassing about itself the elements of a Rome made from the Rome which lies in ruins around the Capitol, while Christianity is seeking all the stages of society amid the rubbish of anterior civilization, and rebuilding with its ruins a new hierarchic universe, the keystone to whose vault is the priest—one first hears a dull echo from that chaos, and then, little by little, one sees,…
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • …ruins a new hierarchic universe, the keystone to whose vault is the priest—one first hears a dull echo from that chaos, and then, little by little, one sees, arising from beneath the breath of Christianity, from beneath the hand of the barbarians, from the fragments of the dead Greek and Roman architectures, that mysterious Romanesque architecture, sister of the theocratic masonry of Egypt and of India, inalterable emblem of pure catholicism, unchangeable hieroglyph of the papal unity.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • And by separating there three series into their component parts, we shall find in the three eldest sisters, Hindoo architecture, Egyptian architecture, Romanesque architecture, the same symbol; that is to say, theocracy, caste, unity, dogma, myth, God: and for the three younger sisters, Phoenician architecture, Greek architecture, Gothic architecture, whatever, nevertheless, may be the diversity of form inherent in their nature, the same signification also; that is to say, liberty, the…
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It is an intense irony that the citizens of Geneva, a people who were so determined to be free from an oppressive church hierarchy, who held as an article of faith the priesthood of all believers, and who were fanatical about the liberty to study and interpret the scriptures for themselves, should end up establishing a theocracy where the Kingdom of God was so rigidly enforced that staying up after 9 o’clock in a public inn was a crime.
    The Reformation -  -- 05/20/06)
  • ...Puritans in colonial America, who were among the most radical Puritans and whose social experiment took the form of a Calvinist theocracy.
    Puritan - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
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