I’ve written a piece for the First Things website, which ought to be read in conjunction with another essay posted over there today. The titles of the two essays are “Moderating Patriotism” (mine) and “Patriots in Babylon” (R.R. Reno’s).
Here’s the concluding paragraph from mine:
Properly understood, “God and country” places the nation under God, where it belongs. Against the religious Left, this is not idolatrous. Against the secular Left, this provides a suitably modest and realistic means for ameliorating the human condition. Stated another way,”country” provides an anchor against the vanity or dreaminess of “mere cosmopolitanism,” and “God” provides an antidote to the excesses of national chauvinism. Where else would you want to be but in this middle?
Herewith the links:
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Joseph M. Knippenberg