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Prophecy is the basic idiom of yank politics—a biblical rhetoric approximately redeeming the crimes, soreness, and promise of a different humans. but American prophecy and its nice practitioners—from Frederick Douglass and Henry Thoreau to Martin Luther King, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison—are not often addressed, not to mention analyzed, by means of political theorists. This paradox is on the center of American Prophecy, a piece during which George Shulman unpacks and evaluations the political that means of yank prophetic rhetoric.

In the face of non secular fundamentalisms that affiliate prophecy and redemption with dogmatism and domination, American Prophecy reveals connections among prophetic language and democratic politics, really racial politics. Exploring how American critics of white supremacy have again and again transformed biblical prophecy, Shulman demonstrates how those writers and thinkers have reworked prophecy right into a political language and given redemption a political meaning.

To study how antiracism is associated with prophecy as a vernacular idiom is to reconsider political theology, recast democratic concept, and think again the bearing of faith on American political tradition. nonetheless, prophetic language isn't really continuously liberatory, and American Prophecy continues a severe dispassion a couple of rhetoric that's either customary and problematic.

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