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The Resource Prophecy without contempt : religious discourse in the public square, Cathleen Kaveny

Prophecy without contempt : religious discourse in the public square, Cathleen Kaveny

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Prophecy without contempt : religious discourse in the public square
Title
Prophecy without contempt
Title remainder
religious discourse in the public square
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Cathleen Kaveny
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eng
Summary
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. Throughout American history, reformers of all political persuasions and for all manner of causes; abolitionists, defenders of slavery, prohibitionists, and civil rights leaders; have echoed the thundering condemnations of the Hebrew prophets in decrying what they see as social evils. Rooted in the denunciations of Puritan sermons, prophetic rhetoric has evolved to match the politics of an increasingly pluralistic society. To employ prophetic indictment in political speech is to claim to speak from a position of unassailable authority ; whether God, reason, or common sense in order to accuse opponents of violating a fundamental law. The fiery rhetoric of prophetic indictment operates very differently from the cooler language of practical deliberation and policy analysis. Kaveny contends that prophetic indictment is a form of zmoral chemotherapyy: it can be strong medicine against moral cancers threatening the body politic, but administered injudiciously, it can do more harm than good. Kaveny draws upon a wide array of sources to develop criteria for the constructive use of prophetic indictment. In modern times, Martin Luther King Jr. exemplifies the use of prophetic rhetoric to facilitate reform and reconciliation rather than revenge.--
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Kaveny, Cathleen
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Prophecy
  • Jeremiads
  • Rhetoric
  • Christianity and politics
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Prophecy without contempt : religious discourse in the public square, Cathleen Kaveny
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Alasdair MacIntyre : Fractured Moral Traditions -- John Rawls : The Contests of Public Reason -- Carter and Cuddihy : The Constraints of Civility -- The American Jeremiad : Covenant, Complaint, and Controversy -- From Consensus to Division : The Jeremiad's Shifting Role in American Political Life -- Prophetic Indictment and Practical Deliberation : Identifying the Differences -- Prophetic Indictment and Practical Deliberation : Describing the Relationship -- Best Practices : Styles of Prophetic Indictment -- Prophecy, Irony, and Humility : Lessons from Lincoln and Jonah
Control code
FIEb17862826
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 451 pages
Isbn
9780674495036
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)925410902
Label
Prophecy without contempt : religious discourse in the public square, Cathleen Kaveny
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Alasdair MacIntyre : Fractured Moral Traditions -- John Rawls : The Contests of Public Reason -- Carter and Cuddihy : The Constraints of Civility -- The American Jeremiad : Covenant, Complaint, and Controversy -- From Consensus to Division : The Jeremiad's Shifting Role in American Political Life -- Prophetic Indictment and Practical Deliberation : Identifying the Differences -- Prophetic Indictment and Practical Deliberation : Describing the Relationship -- Best Practices : Styles of Prophetic Indictment -- Prophecy, Irony, and Humility : Lessons from Lincoln and Jonah
Control code
FIEb17862826
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 451 pages
Isbn
9780674495036
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)925410902

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