I’m possibly just slow of mind – but yesterday evening a thought eventually hit me, that if true, would reveal a disturbing aspect of the increasing evangelical leaning towards patriotism.
What is the root of the words patriot and patriotism?
The answer suddenly seemed obvious – but I wanted to check. And that’s what I did this morning.
(found here: http://science.jrank.org/pages/10609/Patriotism-Origins.html )
“The deep roots of the word patriot lie in Roman antiquity, particularly in terms such as patria and patrius, which indicate fatherland, city, native, or familiar place. Familiar has links with the word family (familia). This also has ties with the term father or paternal (pater, père, Vater, padre), or what is implied by the “role of the father” within a family. In terms of the “role of father,” ”
“The state was, in a sense, paternal authority “writ large.”
And from here: https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/patriot
“The word patriot comes from patrios (Greek, not Latin for once), which means ‘of one’s father.’”
“Origin of patriot
Middle French patriote compatriot, from Late Latin patriota, from Greek patriōtēs, from patria lineage, from patr-, patēr father”
Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.