The Political Samaritan
How the perennially popular story of the Good Samaritan is deployed in supposedly secular politics. (2017)
Nick Spencer appears in this month’s TLS on the limited ambitions of ethical thinking.
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“Ethics today is in a curious state,. There is no shortage of people telling us that Western civilisation is facing a moral crisis, that the old foundation of Christianity has been removed but nothing has been put in its place. Christian writers such as Alister McGrath and Nicker Spencer have warned that we’re running on the moral capital of a religion we’ve long abandoned. I’s only a matter of time before, like Wile E. Coyote, we realize we’ve run off a moral cliff, impossibly suspended in mid–air only as long as we fail to realize there’s nothing under our feet”
Read the full article in the TLS.
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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 30 May 2018
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