World of Politics Has Always Been a Theological Playground
Below I provided single key argument summarized into a thesis statement. Your job will be to write a 400-500 word response this thesis statement in which you either agree, disagree, or otherwise make an argument about the idea question. No sitting on the fence – try to pick a single claim and defend it. The challenge will be to persuasively explain what you think and why you think that way.
(Stuart Gray, Re-Examining Kautilya and Machiavelli,” p. 651-652):
“…Kautilya’s political-theological realism furnishes a mirror for our own condition and helps identify our potential blind spots. Just as scholars have not fully recognized how Kautilya’s realist tactics are justified by and grounded in religious doctrines, so many citizens in secular democracies may remain mesmerized, and ultimately deluded, by the supposed non-theological aspects of their government’s realist tactics. Kautilya’s critique of Machiavelli incisively explains how destructive religious or theological beliefs in contemporary democracies such as the United States can hide behind a secular smokescreen and thus potentially damage democratic legitimacy. Kautilya’s political thought provides a cross-cultural vantage point that helps us locate potentially similar, and problematic, motivations and tactics involved in different types of political realism.”