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Anarchism and religion
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CitationRingmar, E. (2021). Anarchism and religion. J. Haynes (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Politics and Ideology içinde (153-163 ss.). London: Routledge.
A related problem is the close connection between religion and warfare. As anarchists point out, religions have always helped justify violence against foreigners. Religious denominations that have enjoyed the protection of the state have happily given their blessings to the state's wars. Anarchists object to the very language of religion – all those disciplinarian, authoritarian tropes. Civil liberties and regular elections are not enough to constitute a proper democracy, an anarchist will insist, but it is still an improvement over political systems that are considerably much worse. It is consequently possible, at least in theory, to imagine a state which, if only radically reconstructed, would be legitimate also in the eyes of anarchists. Many religious anarchists are also struggling with ways to reinterpret passages in their sacred texts that fail to fit with their political creed. Religious anarchists reject the power of the state while accepting the power of God.