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‘The Tribes Will Always Be With Us’ by Nick Spencer

‘The Tribes Will Always Be With Us’ by Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer writes in the Church Times on the bitter divisions in Western Democracy.

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“My Weekends are dominated by football. I don’t especially like the game, don’t support a team, and can’t play for toffee. But through the seem­ingly random drift of genetic chance that is natural selection, my 11–year–old son has developed a passion, and, even more mysteriously, a talent, for the game. Hence, my weekends are now spent on various touchlines, cheering and shouting and pretending to know what I’m talking about.

It is different when you have skin in the game, as they say. Rarely am I as committed as when cheering on the Colts, and the same, naturally, goes for other parents and other teams. Although I have yet to witness any actual fisticuffs, my touchline morn­ings have occasionally lifted a veil on human nature which is best left down. “Serious sport”, Orwell fam­ously wrote, “is war minus the shoot­ing.”


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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

Posted 2 January 2018


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