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Authoritarian

A person who believes in or is involved with a political or economic system characterized by submission to authority, whether it is a person, party, or class. In an authoritarian society, the individuals exist to serve the state or ruling power. The authority may rule arbitrarily; that is, it is not bound by its own laws. This concept is opposed to democracy, individualism, and the rule of law. Democratic societies are thought to offer greater impetus for long-term economic growth, although authoritarian counterexamples exist.
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Chapter 12 addresses the idea that religion and authoritarian strains of religion are necessary to keep the masses in line.
Authoritarian leaders speak frequently in the first person: "I.
In the authoritarian leadership style, the unity ultimately lies with the leader, the pastor who is expected to have the knowledge that gives meaning and purpose to the church.
Authoritarian leaders assume that the pastor must be the "mover," must initiate and promote programs.
In other words, authoritarian leadership results in a lack of initiative, certainly less initiative among the people, while a movement toward a culture of collaboration will generally result in far greater self-initiative throughout the congregation.
Authoritarian leadership breeds a dependency relationship of the people to the leader.
policy toward authoritarian regimes, Professor Schmitz offers a balanced and lucid exposition of the reasons for the gap between the rhetoric of support for democracy and the reality of support for dictatorships.
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