Religious Authority and its Failures in El, Nazarin, and Viridiana
Authoritarianism is defined as a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator.However society sometimes views authoritarianism as misused authority. Valid authority is aligned upon a necessary purpose. Misused authority involves reality control and domination. Metaphorically, it is saying one and one equals three, because authorities say so. The most significant synthesis in promoting authoritarianism by religious scholars was the concept of “Natural Law.”It reduces morality subjectivity, which has to be arbitrated by authorities.Natural Law says God implanted moral awareness in minds when people were created, but it became nonfunctional and has to be “awakened” by religion.Being supposedly implanted, it was subjectively created by God, not something objective like one and one equaling two. Since it is subjective and needs to be awakened, it can only be handled by religious authorities that must arbitrate morality.And the problem lies with the religious authorities.Religions are failing in its attempt to connect with the people it seeks to help.
"The most critical point of attack on a culture is its religious experience. Where one can destroy or undermine religious institutions then the entire fabric of the society can be quickly subverted or brought to ruin." (Rokeach 35)
In other words, religious authorities have a responsibility towards society who trust and have faith in them and who have placed them on a higher social level.And when there is a broken trust between religious authorities and society, the problem lies solely on the religious authorities.
Another problem is the lack of information.Religious authorities are very influential in society, and misguided notions of truth and reality play a big problem in the failures of religion."Lack of information is doubtlessly a serious impediment to…