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The Political Samaritan: how politics hijacked a parable

Everyone’s used it: Margaret Thatcher and Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Nicola Sturgeon, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn… Why are our politicians so interested in the parable of the Good Samaritan? Who used it first? Who uses it rightly? And what does it all say about our politics, our religion, and our public rhetoric today? Nick Spencer, Research Director at the think tank Theos, invites you stop with him by the side of the road, pick up this half-dead political metaphor and see if we can’t nurse it back to life. With Eve Poole. 


2.30pm Saturday 17th February 2018


Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer is Research Director at the think tank Theos and the author of a number of books, including Freedom and Order: History, Politics and the English Bible (Hodder, 2011), Atheists: the Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014), The Evolution of the West: how Christianity shaped our values (SPCK, 2016) and, most recently, The Political Samaritan: how politics hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017).

Eve Poole

Dr Eve Poole teaches leadership for Ashridge Business School. She has a BA from Durham, an MBA from Edinburgh, and a PhD in theology and capitalism from Cambridge. Her most recent books are Capitalism's Toxic Assumptions and Leadersmithing. She blogs for the St Paul's Institute and the William Temple Foundation. She Chairs Gordonstoun School in Moray, and Faith in Business in Cambridge.


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