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Politics and Religion...Oil and Water?

  1. A.Villarasa profile image73
    A.Villarasaposted 6 years ago

    Ever since I could remember, the concept of separation of  church (religious affairs)) and  state (secular affairs)  , has  always been the operative  construct of the relationship of the two most powerful institutions that govern man.  This has not been entirely so, because from the very beginning of their  respective inception, man's secular  participation have always been colored by his religious predisposition.

    Are these two truly unmixable  (like oil and water) given the current status of societal and cultural skepticism?

    1. saintodd profile image81
      saintoddposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think its a larger question than that. But I personally feel that they can mix.

  2. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    Separate at all times-

    Religion and it's philosophy is mysticism gone awry.

    Politics and it's philosophy was only created as a part of Altruism. It was brought on because of those who have free will which choose not to believe in a higher authority, must be forced to be accountable for their actions.

    BOTH were brought on based on the pre-conceived notion that if humanity isn't made/forced to answer to a higher authority, then chaos would ensue.

    1. A.Villarasa profile image73
      A.Villarasaposted 6 years agoin reply to this


      Since   our current  governmental (secular)  structures(  most of which are firmly grounded in Judeo-Christian principles of governance) have passed and survived the test of time, your statement about the "mysticism gone awry" is pure  nonsense.

      Pre-conceived(?). In terms of governing man, there is no such thing as preconceived. Man has to be governed, one way or the other and it was their idea to begin with for such governance to apply to them ( be it material or spiritual) and the notion of man being "forced" to answer to a higher authority is again another nonsense.

  3. mortimerjackson profile image58
    mortimerjacksonposted 6 years ago

    Whether you consider them "mixable" depends on what society presides in what country. If you have a group of homogeneous people (people who are the same), then their views of religion can become an effective governing device. Japan, for instance, has a unitary political system which is effective because they are not as diverse as America.

    In the US, religion and politics cannot match. This is because there is a wide variety of people who believe in different religions, and even people who don't believe in religion at all. If the system doesn't represent all of them, then the system doesn't work. But say in certain areas in the middle east, a theocratic system has helped them organize better than democracies.

    1. A.Villarasa profile image73
      A.Villarasaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      @mortimer".......in certain areas in the middle east, a theocratic system has helped them organize better than democracies."

      The statement is only true if the  governing theocracies that you are referring to serves the general well being of the people. No matter how effectively organized a theocratic government is, if it  only serves the  purpose of those that are running that government , then it is no better than say a dictatorship, or a monarchy, or  feudalism.

      However flawed a democratic form of government is, it is still preferrable because it  is based on the concept of  "mutual/reciprocal consent".

  4. Paul Wingert profile image79
    Paul Wingertposted 6 years ago

    Since religion and politics are both man made, they need to be seperate. We don't need politicians who stiffle progress because of their personal religious belief such as gay marrfiage, stem cell research, etc.

    1. A.Villarasa profile image73
      A.Villarasaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Paul:

      Would you list abortion under the heading of progress?

      The meaning of marriage have been necessarily reset or revised because of current societal and cultural realities. So long as gay marriage does not lead to secular/spiritual  devolution, then I suppose  it will be  in humanity's future.

      Ethical/Moral considerations, should always guide our decissions  to use  research as a venue for the advancement of human dignity, be it in the field of medicine, arts, politics, entertainment, and business.