Prophecy without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Square (Paperback)Cathleen Kaveny (author)
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Publisher: Harvard University Press
Number of pages: 464
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm
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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