Freedom and Order: History, Politics and the English Bible
2011 has witnessed high profile celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Observers have lauded the religious, cultural and literary debt that modern Britain owes to the Bible. However, should we be also focussing our attention on scripture's enduring impact in shaping our political culture as well?
Nick Spencer's latest book 'Freedom and Order: History, Politics and the English Bible' seeks to explain that very legacy. In 'Freedom and Order' he details how significant the debt is that our political life owes to Christianity. In demonstrating the specific impact of the Bible on political ideas Spencer cites the 'powerful' themes of the right to be free and the need for political order. These appear apparently conflicting concepts but, as Spencer proves, they are rooted in the Bible.
The book accounts for the the long tradition of Christian Political thought in Britain. Freedom and Order seeks to explain the decisive and beneficial impact of God's word on British political life in the modern era. It asserts that in holding in tension the themes of freedom and order our nation can hope to sustain a flourishing political culture.
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Copyright: Nick Spencer
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