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Once Again, Nationality and Religion

Department of Philosophy and Religion, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
Genealogy 2019, 3(3), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy3030048
Received: 22 July 2019 / Revised: 30 August 2019 / Accepted: 5 September 2019 / Published: 8 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue For God and Country: Essays on Religion and Nationalism)
An examination of the relation between nationality and religion calls for comparative analysis. There is a variability of the relation over time and from one nation and religion to another. At times, nationality and religion have clearly converged; but there have also been times when they have diverged. Examination of this variability may lead to generalizations that can be achieved through comparison. While the generalizations achieved through a comparative analysis of the relation are heuristically useful, there are complications that qualify those generalizations. Moreover, while further refining the comparative framework of the relation between nationality and religion remains important, it is not the pressing theoretical problem. That problem is ascertaining what is distinctive of religion as a category of human thought and action such that it is distinguishable from nationality and, thus, a variable in the comparative analysis. It may be that determining that distinctiveness results in the need for a different framework to analyze the relation between nationality and religion. View Full-Text
Keywords: axial age; kinship; monolatry; monotheism; nation; priest; religion; territory axial age; kinship; monolatry; monotheism; nation; priest; religion; territory
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Grosby, S.E. Once Again, Nationality and Religion. Genealogy 2019, 3, 48.

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