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Royalty and religion

In his book "On Royalty" (reviewed here), Jeremy Paxman makes the point that there is a close connection between religion and royalty. I'm sure he is right about this. In fact, his summary of the position of monarchy in a modern European state could be applied, almost word for word, to the position of religion. He writes:

The arrangements are antique, undemocratic and illogical. But monarchies do not function by logic. If they work, they do so by appealing to other instincts, of history, emotion, imagination and mythology, and we have to acknowledge that many of the most stable societies in Europe are [based on] monarchies ...

One could substitute "religions" for "monarchies" in this passage and it would describe the situation perfectly.


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