The Political Samaritan
How the perennially popular story of the Good Samaritan is deployed in supposedly secular politics. (2017)
Ross Gittins draws on Nick Spencer’s ‘the Political Samaritan’.
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It’s Easter, so let me ask you an odd question: have you noticed how arguments about governments’ intervention in the economy – should they, or shouldn’t they – often rely on an appeal to Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan?
No, me neither. Until I read a little book called, The Political Samaritan: How Power Hijacked a Parable, by Nick Spencer, of the British religion–and–society think tank, Theos.
Read the full article here.
Image from the Sydney Morning Herald.
Ross Gittins is economics editor of the SMH and an economic columnist for The Age. His books include Gittins’ Guide to Economics, Gittinomics and The Happy Economist.
Posted 3 April 2018
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