Category - nationalism

  • March 29, 2019

    Bishops from German Lutheran churches have reaffirmed the commitment to promoting the spirit of Europe as a community of countries.emphasising that the ecumenical movement must play its part in shaping Europe as a peace project.

  • May 24, 2018

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned that the world, including Europe, is back-sliding on human rights.

  • January 15, 2018

    The American Civil Liberties Union has criticised President Trump's remarks which reportedly opposed including protections for people from Haiti and African countries in an immigration deal, calling those places “shithole countries.”

  • May 17, 2017

    Samuel Johnson's epithet does not mean that all patriots are scoundrels.

  • November 7, 2015

    War is failure.

  • November 22, 2014

    A row over a tweet shows deep differences of understanding among people in the UK. Those who live in the same society can make very different assumptions and effort can be needed to bridge the gap.

  • September 18, 2014

    One of the most ingrained, and mistaken, ideas about the 'Yes' side of the Scottish independence referendum is that, as a friend from England wrote to me, "really its all about nationalism, identity and flag-waving."

  • September 14, 2014

    I've been wary of blogging about Scottish independence, not least because I'm well aware of how many English people are writing about it in a way that implies they know more than the Scots. It seems that the referendum debate is engaging thousands of people in Scotland who were previously seen as apolitical. I don't doubt that they know more about the issues than commentators in London.

  • May 21, 2014

    On the eve of the European elections, patriotism – or at least politicians' appropriation of that condition – is much in the air. I shall refrain from any temptation to refer to scoundrelly tendencies and consider instead, the gentler, and what I believe to be the more fruitful concept of a 'sense of place.'

  • June 10, 2012

    The nationalisms represented in the Eurovision Song Contest the European Football Championships and the Queen's Jubilee are of different shapes and levels of intensity, observes Graeme Smith, editor of the international journal Political Theology. What Christianity at its best offers is a vision of how we hold local commitments in a wider, plural context: because of Pentecost, in fact.