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Christian Identity And National Identity

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In Plato's usage, the word 'tauton' had two basic meanings, one being sameness, and the other being distinctiveness. Relevancy crisis refers to the idea that the church cannot reach contemporary people, while identity crisis implies that there is no common agreement on what the Christian church really is. The substitution theory became dominant in the church at the time when the New Testament church replaced the Old Testament people. The church itself identified who a Jew was and what Israel meant. There is a kind of identity that is not freely chosen, but it is given freely to an individual. Though national identity is not a creational order such as 'male and female' yet it should be taken into account when spoken about Christian identity. Nationalism is an aggressive self-realization, and should not be confused with patriotism, which is the responsibility one possesses for their nation.

Keywords: Christian identity; Israel; Jew; national identity

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