Theos

Home / In the news / Theos in the media

The Political Samaritan: The Bible and Public Reason

The Political Samaritan: The Bible and Public Reason

An edited version of the Edgar Conrad Memorial Lecture delivered by Nick Spencer at Emmanuel College.

Interested by this? Share it on social media. Join our monthly e–newsletter to keep up to date with our latest research and events. And check out our Supporter Programme to find out how you can help our work.


 

The British – and, I daresay, the Australians – are less religious, less Christian and undoubtedly far less biblically literate today than at any time in centuries.

Elected politicians cannot assume biblical knowledge of their electorates. More pointedly, such politicians are not really supposed – at least, according to the canons of liberal political philosophy – to make reference to comprehensive doctrines of this nature, particularly not religious ones. To do so would be to exclude and disrespect those citizens over whom they wield power.

 

 

See the full article here.

 Image from wikimedia available in the public domain.

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 23 March 2018

Research

See all

Events

See all

In the news

See all

Comment

See all

Get regular email updates on our latest research and events.

Please confirm your subscription in the email we have sent you.

Want to keep up to date with the latest news, reports, blogs and events from Theos? Get updates direct to your inbox once or twice a month.

Thank you for signing up.