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The Evolution of the West: How Christianity has Shaped our Values

Wednesday 29 March 2017

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Research director of the Christian think tank Theos Nick Spencer argues that it is wrong to write Christianity out of the development of our modern values.

Spencer says that our cherished values were not simply born in the Enlightenment – Christianity played a key role in the development of values of dignity, rule of law, welfare, capitalism, human rights, nationhood, ethics and democracy. What is more, he says Christianity has also informed the development of humanism, secularism and atheism. Spencer warns that contemporary liberal secular society is in danger of losing sight of the basis for its deepest values.

Spencer is research director of the Theos think tank and a visiting fellow at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London.