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Religion isn’t dead—it’s just taken on another life

Two new books trace the role of religion in shaping today's secular liberal values, writes Averil Cameron, but is the lineage justified?

By Averil Cameron   November 2019

“Spartans” and “gladiators” are now part of the self-identification of the alt right. The prime minister Boris Johnson compares himself to Pericles. Classics has become well and truly politicised. But so have appeals to western Christianity, especially in America. Steve Bannon’s plans to found an academy in Italy for “the defence of the Judeo-Christian west and the tradition of western civilisation” (in which he includes…

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