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Ars Politica - Stephen Wolfe 17th December 2020
Ars Politica - Ep11: Christian Nationalism
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Ars Politica - Ep11: Christian Nationalism

A few random quotes from hundreds of others:

“When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel.” – Deuteronomy 32:8

“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.” – Acts 17:26


“God holds first place, for He is supremely excellent, and is for us the first principle of being and government. In the second place, the principles of our being and government are our parents and our country, that have given us birth and nourishment. Consequently man is debtor chiefly to his parents and his country, after God. Wherefore just as it belongs to religion to give worship to God, so does it belong to piety, in the second place, to give worship to one’s parents and one’s country [i.e., one’s people]. The worship due to our parents includes the worship given to all our kindred, since our kinfolk are those who descend from the same parents.” – Summa Theologica, Volume 3, Part 2, Second Section


“...each town should support its own poor and should not allow strange beggars to come in, whatever they may call themselves, pilgrims or mendicant monks. Every town could feed its own poor; and if it were too small, the people in the neighbouring villages should be called upon to contribute. As it is, they have to support many knaves and vagabonds under the name of beggars….” – Address To The Nobility Of The German Nation


“The sweetness of their native soil holds nearly all men bound to itself.” – Commentary on Genesis 12:1

“Delightful to every one is his native soil, and it is also delightful to dwell among one’s own people . . . all his relatives and the nation from which he sprang.” – Commentary on Jeremiah 9:2


“Among men, in proportion to the closeness of the tie that mutually binds us, some have stronger claims than others.” – John Calvin on Matthew 10:37

Matthew Henry

“The times are perilous when men will not be held by the bonds either of nature or common honesty, when they are without natural affection, and truce-breakers, v. 3. There is a natural affection due to all. Wherever there is the human nature, there should be humanity towards those of the same nature, but especially between relations. Times are perilous when children are disobedient to their parents (v. 2) and when parents are without natural affection to their children, v. 3. See what a corruption of nature sin is, how it deprives men even of that which nature has implanted in them for the support of their own kind; for the natural affection of parents to their children is that which contributes very much to the keeping up of mankind upon the earth. And those who will not be bound by natural affection, no marvel that they will not be bound by the most solemn leagues and covenants.” – Commentary on 2 Timothy 3:3

Lancelot Andrews

“In the ordering of our Love…we are to respect the conjunction by nature or grace in the duties of Love which we freely perform…We owe not so much to those persons with whom we have no such Conjunction. Thus, we should prefer a faithful man before an infidel, because in the one there is only the image of God by nature, in the other it is both by creation and regeneration…And among the faithful, we should rather do good to those of our own country, than to Strangers, because beside the bonds of Religion, there is also a second bond of proximity and cohabitation, and among them to our acquaintance before those that are unknown to us, because we have an easier entrance unto them to do them good by persuasion, etc. And among such, to our kindred and alliance before others…because we are joined and bound together as soon as we are born, and this bond cannot be dissolved as long as we live.” – The pattern of catechistical doctrine at large, pgs 320-321

John Arrowsmith

“Consent in Religion is wont to tie the fastest knots of mutual accord, but there are no greater animosities than those that arise from diversity of professions.” – A Chain Of Principles, pg 91

Jonathan Edwards

“Before I dismiss this head of the degenerating of experiences, I would mention one thing more that tends to it; and that is, persons aiming in their experience to go beyond the rule of God's Word, i.e. aiming at that which is indeed, in some respect, beyond the rule. Thus some persons have endeavoured utterly to root out and abolish all natural affection, or any special affection or respect to their near relations, under a notion that no other love ought to be allowed but spiritual love, and all that other love is to be abolished as carnal, and that it becomes Christians to love none upon the account of any thing else but the image of God; and that therefore love should go out to one and another only in that proportion in which the image of God is seen in them. They might as well argue that a man ought utterly to disallow of, and endeavor to abolish, all love or appetite to his daily food, under a notion that it is a carnal appetite, and that no other appetite should be tolerated but spiritual appetites. Why should the saints strive after that, as a high attainment in holiness, which the apostle in Rom. i. 31. mentions as one instance wherein the heathen had got to the most horrid pass in wickedness, viz. being without natural affections? ... The Creator of the world has put them in us, for the good of mankind, and because He saw they would be needful for them, as they must be united in society in the present state, and are of great use when kept in their proper place; and to endeavour totally to root them out, would be to reproach and oppose the wisdom of the Creator. Nor is the being of these natural inclinations, if well regulated, inconsistent with any part of our duty to God, or any argument of a sinful selfishness, any more than our natural abhorrence of pain, and the natural inclination to ease that was in the man Christ Jesus Himself. 

“It is the duty of parents to be more concerned and to pray more for the salvation of their children, than for the children of their neighbors; as it is the duty of a minister to be more concerned for the salvation of the souls of his flock, and to pray more for them, than those of other congregations, because they are committed to his care. So our near friends are more committed to our care than others, and our near neighbors, than those that live at a great distance; and the people of our land and nation are more, in some sense, committed to our care than the people of China, and we ought to pray more for them, and to be more concerned that the kingdom of Christ should flourish among them, than in another country, where it would be as much, and no more, for the glory of God.” – Thoughts on the Revival; part iv. section 3

Presbyterian Joint Address

“We cannot condemn a man, in one breath, as unfaithful to the most solemn earthly interests, his country and his race, and commend him in the next as a loyal and faithful servant of his God. If we distrust his patriotism, our confidence is apt to be very measured in his piety.” – Joint Address of the First General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America, December 4th, 1861

Charles Hodge

“This is a law of our being….Members of the same nation have a feeling for each other which they have not for foreigners.  Member of the same tribe or class in a community are bound together by a still closer tie.” – “The Unity of the Church”, p. 24

Geerhardus Vos

“Nationalism, within proper limits, has the divine sanction; an imperialism that would, in the interest of one people, obliterate all lines of distinction is everywhere condemned as contrary to the divine will. Later prophecy raises its voice against the attempt at world-power, and that not only, as is sometimes assumed, because it threatens Israel, but for the far more principal reason, that the whole idea is pagan and immoral.

“Now it is through maintaining the national diversities, as these express themselves in the difference of language, and are in turn upheld by this difference, that God prevents realization of the attempted scheme… [In this] was a positive intent that concerned the natural life of humanity. Under the providence of God each race or nation has a positive purpose to serve, fulfillment of which depends on relative seclusion from others.” — Geerhardus Vos (1862-1949), Biblical Theology, p. 60 in the old Eerdman’s edition

Loraine Boettner

“Apart from this election of individuals to life, there has been what we may call a national election, or a divine predestination of nations and communities to a knowledge of true religion and to the external privileges of the Gospel. God undoubtedly does choose some nations to receive much greater spiritual and temporal blessings than others. This form of election has been well illustrated in the Jewish nation, in certain European nations and communities, and in America. The contrast is very striking when we compare these with other nations such as China, Japan, India, etc.” — Loraine Boettner (1901-1990), “The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination”