Freedom and Order Hardback
The Bible and British Politics
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Freedom and Order
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Freedom and Order by Nick Spencer was published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2011 and is our 46615th best seller. The ISBN for Freedom and Order is 9780340996232.
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Freedom and OrderSu Reid, via The Good Book Stall
This interesting and informative book is perhaps wrongly titled: it is not so much about ‘the English Bible’ as about institutions sanctioned, variously at various times, by the Church in England. At heart, perhaps, it is an attempt to denounce the society we have now, in which there is seen to be a distinction between private morality and state legislation. It is an attempt at a history suggesting that from pre-Conquest times to the 1960s that distinction did not exist – or was not publicly seen to exist. Spencer takes us through the Anglo-Saxon church, the catholic church of the Middle Ages and its relationship with the English monarchy, the Reformation, Commonwealth and Restoration, the Enlightenment and the constitutional monarchy, the Tractarians, Evangelicals, the crisis of World War I and so to Tawney, Temple and the post-World-War II welfare state. At this point he sees a crisis when, the state having taken over the church’s roles in healthcare and education, it turned its attention to disbanding traditional morality by easing divorce and legalising homosexuality, suicide, gambling, and uncensored theatre. In spite of two Christian Prime Ministers – Thatcher and Blair – Christianity is, Spencer says, no longer a major voice in public and political discourse. He does not, however, consider the Bible itself in any detail, or how, as Practical Theologians tell us, each generation constructs its understandings of the Bible in the world. He does not consider practical things the Church is doing – through chaplaincies or Christian Aid or the Church Urban Fund, for example. Above all, he does not consider the extent to which the welfare state is being destroyed under current legislation, and how the church is reacting to this – if it is.
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Details for Freedom and Order
|Author / Artist||Nick Spencer|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (May 2011)|
|Number of Pages||384|
|Page last updated||15th December 2017|