in Making Patriots

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780226044378
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226044514 | DOI:

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This chapter introduces the various issues that affect the patriotism of a nation's populace and how the Founders of America tried to deal with these issues. The terms “citizen” and “patriot” were essentially synonymous in classical societies such as Sparta and Athens where loyalties were not divided. Patriotism became more of a problem with the advent of Christianity, which led to the separation of loyalty between the state and the church. It became a still greater problem after Martin Luther. Before him, there had been one church in Western Europe, but after him, there were as many churches as there were kingdoms. In some of those kingdoms, there were many types of Christians. The Founders of America were determined to avoid these old problems, and they succeeded by pledging their allegiance to “the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands.”

Keywords: patriotism; America; Sparta; Martin Luther; Christianity; Christians

Chapter.  2811 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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