Entering the Sanctuary

There are good reasons why organized religions generally side with powerful elites and autocratic rulers:

  • They derive power and influence by siding with rulers whereas political leaders derive legitimacy by cozying up to religious leaders. It is a win-win alliance whereas churches that oppose monarchs or dictators tend to lose out.
  • More equal societies are less religious as illustrated by the difference between Europe and the U.S. – Europe being both more equal and less religious.
  • Comparatively unequal societies experience a lack of social trust and a great deal of fear, uncertainty, and human misery that boosts religion.

Nigel Barber


Fiction Writing Prompt: Set a story in which organized religion and the ruling powers are aligned to create inequality.

Journaling Prompt: What are your feelings about organized religion?

Art Prompt: Organized religion

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the importance of the separation of church and state.

Photo Credit: Phil Roussin on Flickr

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