Introduction: Why Rethink Christianity and Patriotism?

  • Michael G. Long
  • Tracy Wenger Sadd


To what extent, if any, should U.S. Christians embrace patriotism in this age of terror? This question is worth asking because a new wave of patriotism has just swept through our society and culture so completely that escaping it seems like an exercise in futility. Even where we live and work—Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, an area highly populated with Brethren, Mennonites, and Quakers—it has been impossible since September 11, 2001, to drive more than a few blocks without seeing one American flag after another, yellow ribbons galore, and bumper stickers demanding that we either love U.S. or leave it.


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  1. 1.
    See Robert B. Reich, Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America (New York: Vintage, 2004), 146–85.Google Scholar

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