Written by prominent scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this diverse collection of essays discusses the contemporary relevance of the prophetic mode and challenges in the areas of religion, politics, and society. The contributors critically investigate the creative interaction between the religious and secular domains and explain how the prophetic mode can provide solutions to pressing problems such as war, oppression, poverty, hunger, and discrimination. The essays explore possibilities of achieving an integration of prophetic ethics, social scientific understanding, and democratic and constitutional statecraft and they describe how the prophetic mode currently manifests itself in political philosophy, history, religion, and literature.
Neal Riemer is the Andrew V. Stout Professor of Political Philosophy, Emeritus, in the Department of Political Science at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 The Origin and Nature of Prophetic Political Engagement in Ancient Israel Chapter 4 Prophecy and Social Criticism Chapter 5 Politics and the Prophetic Tradition in Christianity Chapter 6 Prophetic Tradition and the Liberation of Women: A Story of Promise and Betrayal Chapter 7 Frederick Douglass Chapter 8 The Prophetic Tradition in Afro-America Chapter 9 The Prophetic Mode and Challenge in Literature Chapter 10 The American Catholic Bishops and Prophetic Politics Chapter 11 Liberation Theology, Prophetic Politics, and Radical Social Critique: Quo Vadis? Chapter 12 Reinhold Niebuhr, Political Realism, and Prophetic Politics Chapter 13 Intergenerational Justice and the Prophetic Tradition Chapter 14 The Prophetic Mode and Challenge, Creative Breakthroughs/ and the Future of Constitutional Democracy Chapter 15 Select Bibliography Chapter 16 Index