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The Political Samaritan: What a Parable Tells Us About Politics and Religion Today

The Political Samaritan: What a Parable Tells Us About Politics and Religion Today

On 16th March 2018, Nick Spencer delivered the 2018 Edgar W. Conrad Memorial Lecture in St Lucia, Australia.

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Why is it – in our supposedly secular age – that so many politicians like to quote Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan? From Left, Right and Centre, MPs and PMs have used the famous story – although not all in the same way. 

On 16th March 2018, drawing on his highly regarded book, The Political Samaritan, Nick Spencer looked at how the parable has been used (and abused), and what that says about religion, politics and public speech today. And then he asked the killer questions: what does the parable actually mean and which – if any – of the politicians actually get it right?

Emmanuel College

Sir William MacGregor Drive

Saint Lucia, QLD 4067

Australia

7.30–9.00pm

 Image from the Emmanuel Centre

Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, most recently The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014). Outside of Theos, Nick is Visiting Research Fellow at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London and a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion

Riverview Room
Emmanuel College
University of Queensland
Sir William MacGregor Drive
St Lucia, Australia QLD 4067

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