Modern Believing

Patriotism Good - Nationalism Bad? The News from Scotland

Modern Believing (2012), 53, (4), 419–425.

Abstract

This paper examines the tendency among religion and theology scholars for ‘patriotism’ to be seen as more ethically acceptable than ‘nationalism’ and asks why this is so. It seeks to problematise the notion of patriotism and rehabilitate the discourse of nationalism. It argues the need for English political culture to take responsibility for remaking the discourse of English nationalism in a theologically/ethically disciplined way. Its support for Scottish and other nationalisms is conditional on their ability to respect internal ethnic and cultural diversity/hybridity and to support free and respectful external collaborations within a variety of political unions.

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Gay, Doug