Modern Believing

Patriotism, Nationhood and Neighbourhood

Modern Believing (2012), 53, (4), 398–407.

Abstract

Patriotic theologians often extol the virtues of national affiliation as creaturely and Incarnational in contrast with alternative and intangible accounts of Christian love such cosmopolitanism. Instead, against the likes of Nigel Biggar and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, this paper argues that both cosmopolitanism and patriotism are abstractions. Nations are not persons, places or communities: they are ever changing, multivalent narratives. As such, national allegiance makes a poor foundation for Christian love for real people. With reference to Kierkegaard, the paper suggests that it is local and tangible neighbourhoods, and not abstract nationhoods, which properly attract the Christian duty to love.

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Backhouse, Stephen