In the midst of researching my master’s thesis, I stumbled on this poem from 1914. Patriotism is supposed to be noble, but nationalism and Statism have dragged it through the mud. This poem helped me remember what true Patriotism is all about.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEBPJ4bh7Z4 When I question how religion intersects with politics in America, some are tempted to accuse me of being anti-American. So I can really relate to this excellent response from pastor and theologian, Greg Boyd. Boyd says that being Kingdom minded means being “trans-national”. He also says that the history of the Church is to… Read more
I’m working on my Masters Thesis at SDSU. It’s basically looking at how Protestants, Catholics, and Jews each used Patriotism during WWI to more clearly establish themselves as an “American Way of Life” (as sociologist Will Herberg calls it). I won’t go into details, but it got me thinking about patriotism, religious nationalism, and whatnot.… Read more Why Patriotism Might Be Just What We Need
1. Religious diversity and non-establishment of religion is exactly what this country was built on. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard Christians say “but this country was founded on Christian values!” I believe that is true, but that is not the issue at hand here. Is it true that white male Protestants created… Read more 5 Reasons Why Christians should Advocate for Church/State Separation