The Political Samaritan
How the perennially popular story of the Good Samaritan is deployed in supposedly secular politics. (2017)
An edited version of the Edgar Conrad Memorial Lecture delivered by Nick Spencer at Emmanuel College.
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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.
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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
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