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Myles Werntz, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Hardin–Simmons University, reviews The Political Samaritan for Reading Religion. 19/09/2018
“As a descriptive work, Spencer’s book is illuminating. His juxtaposition of British usages by Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, and Jeremy Corbyn provides an intriguing display of how scripture takes on a life of its own in public life. But the book is making a theological argument as well: that the plurality of use is due in no small part to the nature of parables. After recounting the plurality of public uses, Spencer shows the multiple layers and dimensions in the parable itself: religious, political, ethnic, and historical. It is for this reason that some readings of the parable, such as Margaret Thatcher’s, find room at the interpretative table: the parable itself has a lot of interpretative room.”
Myles Werntz, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Hardin–Simmons University, reviews Nick Spencer’s book The Political Samaritan: How Power Hijacked a Parable.
Read the full review at Reading Religion.
The Theos Team
Posted 19 September 2018
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