Politics have for long been engendered and shaped by religion. Even before the reign of the Roman Catholic Papacy in the Middle Age between (493AD – 1417 AD), religion and politics have already been intertwined. The ancient Egyptian civilization, as well as most other civilizations, was both religious and political. These and many more underscore the seemingly unbreakable link between religion and politics.
Of course, as much as religion plays vital roles in politics, politics as well play vital roles in religion. Too often than not, a careful analysis is required to distinguish religion from politics and it may not be an overstatement to dub politics as an organized religion. Religion makes claim of a supernatural force and being and thereby compelling people to accept what it presents whether convenient or not. This influence on people prevents them from rebelling and sheepishly adopting what they may not truly believe.
Of course, politics seeks to influence and control and since religion naturally wields an invincible controlling power, it appeals to religion to achieve its aim. Both the Bible and the Qu’ran involves a mix of religion and politics. The two Holy Books illustrate incidence where religion and politics worked hand in hand to achieve a common goal.
Perhaps the major reason why religion and politics are inseparable is because they two concern the same subject matter which is basically man and woman, believed to be both physical and spiritual. The intercourse between religion and politics can be seen in all cultures and every parts of the world. Religion continues to play vital roles in civilised societies such as the United States of America and continually shapes its politics.
In most Middle Eastern countries, the Islamic religion is the de facto religion and therefore most of the political institutions are built around the Sharia Law; with the emergence of diverse kinds of religions come diverse kinds of political institutions.
The strong connection between religion and politics makes it possible for some religions institutions to transform to political institutions and vice versa; even when such transformation does not occur, religion continues to influence politics in a remarkable way.