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Publication Date: 15 Sep 2016
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 208
Author: Nick Spencer
ISBN-13: 9780281075201, 9780281075218

The Evolution of the West

How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values
By Nick Spencer
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Summary
What has Christianity ever done for us?

A lot more than you might think, as Nick Spencer reveals in this fresh exploration of our cultural origins.

Looking at the big ideas that characterize the West, such as human dignity, the rule of law, human rights, science – and even, paradoxically, atheism and secularism – he traces the varied ways in which many of our present values grew up and flourished in distinctively Christian soil.

Always alert to the tensions and the mess of history, and careful not to overstate the Christian role in shaping our present values, Spencer shows how a better awareness of what we owe to Christianity can help us as we face new cultural challenges.
About the Author
Nick Spencer is the Research Director of Theos think tank and Visiting Research Fellow at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also a frequent contributor to the national press.
Press Reviews

All readers, whatever their religious, non-religious or political persuasions, should read this.

- Sughra Ahmed, Chair, Islamic Society of Britain

Surrounded by complex issues, it is hard to understand what’s going on, what the important thinkers are saying, and what a thinking Christian might make of it all. Nick Spencer carves out a clear path through this jungle, helping us to see how we got here in the first place and how we might move forward in faith and wisdom.

- N. T. Wright, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St Andrews

This is a much needed book. Spencer shows persuasively that we cannot understand our political, economic or social culture without taking into account the key role Christianity has played in shaping Western values. Balanced and never claiming too much, it offers an essential corrective to contemporary narratives that try to write Christianity out of the script.

- Richard Harries, House of Lords

An informative and interesting read.

- Pobl Dewi

moves along an excellent pace, deservedly a Church Times bestseller

- Progressive Voices

a collection of insightful and challenging essays

- Reader Magazine