Commonplace Book #5

The Church is an implicit condemnation of national pride, and there are no more shameful chapters in Christian history than those that show churchmen uncritically, sometime fanatically, endorsing the ambitions and moral arrogance of their national governments.  To ask nations to forswear national pride– the pride of uninhibited selfishness …may be  asking too much.  But to ask the Church openly to oppose such pride does not seem extreme.

-Glenn Tinder, The Political Meaning of Christianity, 242.