An Eccentric Tradition: The Paradox of ‘Western Values’

ISCAST fellow (and COSAC speaker) Peter Harrison writes on the ABC Religion and Ethics website about being cautious about referring to “Western values”.

He says:

While there is certainly something to be said for taking pride in our values and institutions, a fundamental paradox lies at the heart of this advocacy. The phrase “Western values” calls to mind a long moral tradition dating back to classical antiquity – the thought of the ancient Greeks, the traditions of Roman law, New Testament moral ideals. But the idea that there are such things as “Western values” cannot be found in any of these traditions themselves.

The article can be found here:

Peter is a keynote speaker at ISCAST’s upcoming conference on science, faith and apologetics (and Western values?!):