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February 25, 2022

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Nicola

Yes. The more the world falls, the more I need to love; not judge too. How Christ saves is His business not mine. Mine is to learn to love the way He loved by dying the way He died. Amen and Amen. Thankyou Brad.

Brad

The issue here is specifically *CHRISTIAN* nationalism, rather than nationalism as such (though any -ISM has its dangers).

George P. Grant was certainly a defender of Canadian national identity, defined especially by his sense of the Canadian commitment to the commonweal over against radical self-will as a euphemism for 'freedom' on the US scene. His concern was how American politics (foreign and domestic) and culture threatened these unique commitments.

Christian nationalism, on the other hand, as I'm using it, refers to a confusion of allegiances that happens when the church enters an unholy alliance with the state (political power) or nation (a particular people group) for the purpose of using world systems to get its way... and ultimately abandons the Jesus Way in the compromise. This was obvious in the way churches are overcome as a political arm of authoritarian candidates and heads of state ... cf. 'Christian' MAGA as civil religion in the US or the Moscow Patriarch's alliance with Putin.

George Dunn

How would you distinguish this form of nationalism from the form associated with George Grant? Grant stated:

"It is easy to be against nationalism when one is a member of a nation which is the centre of a great empire. But think of the other side: may it be a good thing to be nationalist when one is defending a communal existence against that empire? The alternative to nationalism for small communities is not internationalism but a dominance of their existence by empires."

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