While in hospital, I attempted to read “The Gagging of God – Christianity confronts pluralism” by Don Carson, where pluralism in this context is
the stance that any notion that a particular ideological or religious claim is intrinsically superior to another is necessarily wrong.
To be honest, I gave up – I found it extremely tough going. However, buried on page 415, I did discover a gem of a footnote. In the context, of a discussion about democracy, Carson says:
[T]houghtful Christians can never assign to democracy the same sort of value that a secularist might. Democracy for us can never be an ultimate good…
The primary reason why Christians will want to support democracy is because in a fallen world it is usually* the best way to ensure long-lived freedom, dignity for the individual human being (who is, after all, God’s image-bearer), forms of legislative and judicial redress, equitable taxation (or at least the means of reforming the system now and then) and above all freedoms of conscience and of speech.
And the footnote is:
* I say “usually” because the sad record of imposed democracies shows that when there is little heritage of freedom, little access to information and opportunity for open discussion and free debate, little experience at compromise and respect for law, little loyalty to promulgated constitutions, and deep tribal loyalties, democracies quickly break down, sometimes in barbaric, catastrophic fashion.
That was written in 1996.