Patriotism good - nationalism bad? The news from Scotland

Gay, D. (2012) Patriotism good - nationalism bad? The news from Scotland. Modern Believing, 53(4), (doi:10.3828/MB.53.4.419)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/MB.53.4.419

Abstract

This paper examines the tendency among religion and theology scholars for 'patriotism' to be seen as more ethically acceptable than 'nationalism' and asks why this is so. It seeks to problematise the notion of patriotism and rehabilitate the discourse of nationalism. Paying specific attention to current debates in Scotland it argues that many English/British discourses around patriotism are sentimental, myopic and dated and they need to be revised in the light of rapidly changing conditions within the 'Union'. It will advocate the need for English political culture to take responsibility for remaking the discourse of English nationalism in a theologically/ethically disciplined way, which can respect internal ethnic and cultural diversity/hybridity and support free and respectful external collaborations within a variety of political unions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gay, Rev Douglas
Authors: Gay, D.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Modern Believing
Publisher:Modern Churchpeople's Union
ISSN:1353-1425
Published Online:09 September 2013
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