How to Be a Patriotic Christian

Love of Country as Love of Neighbor

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Pub Date 19 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 18 Aug 2022

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What does it mean to love our country? Some Christians see loyalty to America as central to our faith and identity. Other Christians are skeptical that our nation warrants such devotion or attachment. But Richard Mouw encourages Christians to have a healthy sense of national peoplehood that promotes civic kinship and responsible citizenship. He navigates between Christian nationalism on one hand and cynicism about country on the other to avoid the perils of both idolatry and disengagement. Mouw grapples with sticky questions such as how to honor national holidays in church and the place of protests in forging a more perfect union. Placing love of country in the context of Christian love of neighbor, he sees patriotism as an expression of our heavenly citizenship and a call to help our country be a place where all people can thrive in peace. Mouw's winsome and wise reflections direct our patriotic affections toward the civic good of others within our churches and in our communities. This guide helps us travel together on a shared national journey toward liberty and justice for all.

What does it mean to love our country? Some Christians see loyalty to America as central to our faith and identity. Other Christians are skeptical that our nation warrants such devotion or...


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"Rich Mouw's reflection on Christian faith, patriotism, and citizenship is essential reading for our times from one of the wisest and kindest voices around."

-John Inazu, Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis

"Rich Mouw's reflection on Christian faith, patriotism, and citizenship is essential reading for our times from one of the wisest and kindest voices around."

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How to Be a Patriotic Christian
Love of Country as Love of Neighbor
by Richard J. Mouw
Pub Date 19 Jul 2022
InterVarsity Press, IVP
Christian | Politics | Religion & Spirituality




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What Does it Mean to love our Country?


There are Christians see loyalty to America as central to our faith and identity. Whereas other Christians are skeptical that our nation warrants such devotion or attachment. But Richard Mouw encourages Christians to have a healthy sense of national peoplehood that promotes civic kinship and responsible citizenship. He navigates between Christian nationalism on one hand and cynicism about country on the other to avoid the perils of both idolatry and disengagement.



In this book Mouw asks the sticky questions such as how to honor national holidays in church and the place of protests in forging a more perfect union. Placing love of country in the context of Christian love of neighbor, he sees patriotism as an expression of our heavenly citizenship and a call to help our country be a place where all people can thrive in peace. Mouw's winsome and wise reflections direct our patriotic affections toward the civic good of others within our churches and in our communities.



I give How to Be a Patriotic Christian Five Out of five Stars!


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