Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Religion and Monarchy

I have noticed that most of the other monarchist bloggers are Catholic. (I myself am Jewish.)

This is worthy of mention because last week, I came across a blog post by a gentleman who claimed that his religion, Catholicism, required him to hold his particular set of political beliefs. That set consisted, as far as I could determine before I stopped reading, of social conservatism, socialist economics, and republicanism. (He specifically ranted against the "reduction" of citizens to subjects.)

I can't claim to be an expert on Catholic theology, but I would take a guess that if this gentleman were right, at least a couple of Popes would have noticed. I don't recall reading anything about Popes trying to convert feudal estates to kibbutzim, or suggesting holding elections.

That Popes have a long history of alliances with kings, crowning kings, naming kings defender of the faith, etc., also throws a bit of a monkey wrench into his theory.

I'd go find the post again and point this out to him, but he made quite a few historically inaccurate remarks just in the couple of posts I read, so I doubt it would be a constructive use of my time.

2 comments:

G.E. Hoostal said...

As far as I can tell, monarchy is the only biblical form of government, & some of the proverbs are about kings—indeed, we are given advice regarding them, but there are no presidents or congresses mentioned in the Bible! What this tells me is the Bible wants us to have monarchy & our non-monarchical government is l irredeemably & fatally (as much as a body without a head) flawed. I wonder if the Talmud says the same to you. As far as I can tell, monarchy is the only biblical form of government, & some of the proverbs are about kings—indeed, we are given advice regarding them, but there are no presidents or congresses mentioned in the Bible! What this tells me is the Bible wants us to have monarchy & our non-monarchical government is l irredeemably & fatally (as much as a body without a head) flawed. I wonder if the Talmud says the same to you.

G.E. Hoostal said...

Sorry my post showed up two times!