By Paul Miller | Christianity Today
Published in February of 2021

SUMMARY: A question and answer article that presents the definitions and differences between patriotism, nationalism, Christianity, and Christian nationalism in addition to why Christian nationalism is a dangerous ideology.

KEY QUOTE: “Christian nationalism is…a political ideology focused on the national identity of the United States. It includes a specific understanding of American history and American government…Christian nationalism includes specific policy prescriptions that it claims are biblical but are, at best, extrapolations from biblical principles and, at worst, contradictory to them.”


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