This essay addresses the ways in which the understanding and practice of patriotism on the part of Christians in the United States is transformed now that we have entered an era of serious terrorist threats. Because I approach the topic from the perspective of Catholic social thought, I will simultaneously treat the question: What does American Catholicism have to offer by way of reflection on the topic of patriotism in the contemporary world? Comprising approximately one-quarter of the U.S. population, the Catholic community draws on a distinctive set of experiences and sensibilities that illuminate certain aspects of what all Americans are facing as we discern vital questions about the contemporary meaning of patriotism.
KeywordsForeign Policy Catholic Social Teaching Terrorist Threat Civil Religion Religious Liberty
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