The Political Samaritan
How the perennially popular story of the Good Samaritan is deployed in supposedly secular politics. (2017)
Nick Spencer on BBC 4 discussing how the parable of the Good Samaritan has been hijacked for political ends from both the left and the right.
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Listen here, Nick speaks from 30.20.
Image from the BBC Radio 4 website.
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