Prophecy without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Square (Paperback)
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Prophecy without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Square (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 30/11/2018
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American culture warriors have plenty to argue about, but battles over such issues as abortion and torture have as much to do with rhetorical style as moral substance. Cathleen Kaveny reframes the debate about religion in the public square by focusing on a powerful stream of religious discourse in American political speech: the Biblical rhetoric of prophetic indictment. "Important and path-breaking. The place of religious discourse in the American public square has received much attention for many years, but the role of prophetic indictment has been largely overlooked. Kaveny's book not only opens a `new front' in these debates, but starts the conversation with a rich analysis of the history and function of prophetic discourse." -Kathleen A. Brady, Commonweal "A monumental achievement, and a much-needed addition to the academic and societal conversation about the role of religion in public life. In precise prose and with careful analysis, Kaveny challenges some of the leading theorists about public discourse and puts forward her own theories, all accompanied by a storyteller's gift for anecdote and a philosopher's talent for explication." -Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674986879
Number of pages: 464
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


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Cathleen Kaveny has given us a book that brings us closer to both the rhetoric and the reality of American politics. In our history, commitment is not incompatible with civility, and Prophecy without Contempt shows how we might recover that possibility for the future.--Robin Lovin, Southern Methodist University
Kaveny's project in Prophecy without Contempt is important and path-breaking. The place of religious discourse in the American public square has received much attention for many years, but the role of prophetic indictment has been largely overlooked. Kaveny's book not only opens a 'new front' in these debates, but starts the conversation with a rich analysis of the history and function of prophetic discourse and a carefully developed normative framework to guide its use. The interdisciplinary work that informs Kaveny's book is especially impressive. As an ethicist and legal academic, Kaveny draws on resources from these disciplines, and she also integrates sophisticated analyses of American history, biblical scholarship, and literary criticism.--Kathleen A. Brady "Commonweal "
[An] original account of public speech in America's past, present, and possible future...The timely genius of Prophecy Without Contempt lies in its examination of the rhetoric of contemporary moral and political debates in light of this tradition of the American jeremiad, which she sees running through the American Revolution and Civil War into the present. Although Kaveny deliberately ends her study with the presidential election of 2004, when speeches were pitched to attract the 'moral voter, ' she offers an essential perspective on the 2016 primaries.--William Storrar "Commonweal "

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