On Christian Nationalism, by David Carlin

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By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, July 8, 2024

David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in AmericaThree Sexual Revolutions: Catholic, Protestant, Atheist, and most recently Atheistic Humanism, the Democratic Party, and the Catholic Church.

 

I have a confession to make: I am a Christian nationalist.

Or to put this in terms I am more comfortable with: I am a patriotic American who finds theoretical justification for his patriotism in his Christianity – or to be more precise, in his preferred version of Christianity, the Catholic faith.

Being a Christian nationalist, I am, in the eyes of my “progressive” fellow Americans, guilty of a double sin.  (I’m not sure “sin” is the right word in this context, at least not if sin is understood to be an offense against God, since the average progressive either doesn’t believe in God or believes only barely.)

My first sin is the sin of nationalism.  From a progressive point of view, nationalism is always a bad thing, since the spirit of nationalism has been the cause of immense human suffering.  For it was this spirit that was the predominant cause of World War I and World War II, the two most destructive and most homicidal wars in the history of the human race. …

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