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Rowan Williams reviews Nick Spencer’s The Political Samaritan

Rowan Williams reviews Nick Spencer’s The Political Samaritan

In the New Statesman Rowan Williams reviews Nick Spencer’s new book about how power has used (and abused) the famous Good Samaritan parable.

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“After the gunman had slaughtered his victims at the church in Sutherland Springs in Texas, he was himself shot by an armed member of the public determined to prevent his escape. The multiple horrors of the event don’t need rehearsing here; but one startling moment came when a local commentator described this intervention as the action of a “Good Samaritan”. It brings into sharp focus the subject of this brief but thoroughly researched and thoughtful book. Nick Spencer sets out to examine not only the specific question of how the story of the Good Samaritan has been used by left and right alike as a convenient form of moral shorthand (though for rather different ends), but also the wider issues of why and how we research for certain kinds of religiously charged symbolic language even in a pervasively secular culture – and how far this has the effect of distorting the central challenges of that language.”

Lord Rowan Williams reviews Nick Spencer’s new book, The Political Samaritan: How Power Hijacked a Parable. 

Read the full article at the New Statesman.

Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams

Baron Williams of Oystermouth was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012. Before then, we was Bishop of Monmouth from 1991 to 2002 and Archbishop of Wales from 1999 to 2002. He is a well–known theologian. In 2013 he was appointed Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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Posted 8 December 2017


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