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Nikolai Velimirovich: “Patriotism is a natural quality, but Christianity is supernatural.”

29 January 2016

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“Patriotism is a natural quality, but Christianity is supernatural. patriotism is a provincial truth, but Christianity is a pan-human truth. Patriotism means love of one’s country or one’s generation, Christianity means love of all countries and all generations. Christianity includes a sound and true patriotism, but excludes untrue and exaggerated patriotism as it excludes every untrue thought and feeling. Of course an exalted patriotism in a frame of hatred all around excludes the Christian religion and is its most dangerous enemy.”
– St. Nikolai Velimirovich, in Agony of the Church

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