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The Political Samaritan: How Power Hijacked a Parable

Paperback|Jan 2018
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Nick Spencer sets out to rescue an innocent parable, mugged for political ends, ignored by passers-by, and then left for half-dead at the edge of the English language. The parable of the Good Samaritan has been used by almost...


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Nick Spencer sets out to rescue an innocent parable, mugged for political ends, ignored by passers-by, and then left for half-dead at the edge of the English language.


The parable of the Good Samaritan has been used by almost every major British politician over recent years - from Theresa May and Tony Blair to Margaret Thatcher and Jeremy Corbyn. But they don't all use it to say the same thing.


Discussing the various figures who've politicised the Samaritan, Spencer - described by theEconomist as 'like a prophet crying in the post-modern wilderness' - explains why and how Jesus' famous parable got mixed up in politics. From abolitionists to warmongers, prime ministers to activists such as Dr Martin Luther King, he uncovers the reasons for the parable's popularity - and then asks the killer question: who gets it right?


If the Good Samaritan has been dragged on to the political stage, whose side is he on?


-Publisher

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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer is Director of Studies for Theos, the public theology think tank based in London, UK. He was a researcher and writer for London Institute of Contemporary Christianity and the Jubilee Centre. He supplied the research for I'd Like to Believe, But with by Michael Green and The Responsive Church (with Graham Tomlin)
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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