“The New Testament does not seem to encourage patriotism,” and neither did St. Augustine, argues R. R. Reno in today’s first “On the Square” article, Patriots in Babylon . “It is easy, therefore, for a Christian to take an entirely critical stance toward patriotic impulses and deep loyalties to earthly cities.”

But that is not, he continues, the only possibility the New Testament and the Christian tradition present us. There are objects in our particular City of Man, our nation, worthy of patriotic love.

Later this morning Joseph Knippenberg will also be writing on patriotism, in today’s second “On the Square” article.