What Does a Prophet Know?

Journal of Religious Ethics 46 (1):181-189 (2018)
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This essay on Cathleen Kaveny's Prophecy Without Contempt challenges her argument from two opposing sides. First, it critiques all jeremiads. It asks how a person uttering prophetic indictments, whether in the form of a classical jeremiad or the more moderate form that Kaveny argues for, can possibly know of what she speaks, given the otherness of God. Second, it calls for more jeremiads. It asks whether a person, whether religious or not, might indeed know enough to offer withering jeremiads, in those cases where she sees the target of her jeremiad making flagrantly incompatible commitments.

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Enemies, For My Sake.Martin Kavka - 2020 - Journal of Religious Ethics 48 (2):308-315.
Response to Critics.Cathleen Kaveny - 2018 - Journal of Religious Ethics 46 (1):190-200.

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Die Prophetie.Abraham Heschel - 1937 - Philosophical Review 46:556.
Horribly Wrong.Stephen S. Bush - 2013 - Journal of Religious Ethics 41 (4):585-600.

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