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Prophecy without Contempt

Religious Discourse in the Public Square

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$51.50 • £41.95 • €46.50

ISBN 9780674495036

Publication Date: 03/07/2016


464 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • I. The State of Public Discourse: Three Incomplete Explanations
    • 1. Alasdair MacIntyre: Fractured Moral Traditions
    • 2. John Rawls: Contests of Public Reason
    • 3. Carter and Cuddihy: Constraints of Civility
  • II. The Jeremiad and Its Evolution: A Historical Exploration
    • 4. The American Jeremiad: Covenant, Complaint, and Controversy
    • 5. From Consensus to Division: The Jeremiad’s Shifting Role in American Political Life
  • III. The State of Public Discourse: A Rhetorical Analysis
    • 6. Prophetic Indictment and Practical Deliberation: Identifying the Differences
    • 7. Prophetic Indictment and Practical Deliberation: Describing the Relationship
  • IV. Toward an Ethic of Prophetic Rhetoric: Compassionate and Humble Truth Telling
    • 8. Best Practices: Styles of Prophetic Indictment
    • 9. Prophecy, Irony, and Humility: Lessons from Lincoln and Jonah
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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