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29 Yale J.L. & Human. 113 (2017)
Not without Honor: Review of Cathleen Kaveny, Prophecy without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Square

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Not Without Honor?


Review of CATHLEEN KAVENY, PROPHECY

WITHOUT CONTEMPT: RELIGIOUS

DISCOURSE IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE

Andrew Forsyth*

Then  Jesus said to them, Prophets are not without honor, except in their
hometown,  and among  their own kin, and in their own house (Mark 6:4).

Hear    the   word     of   the   LORD,     0    people   of    Israel;
for the LORD has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land (Hosea
4:1 a).

  Unsurprisingly, perhaps, presidential elections prompt Americans  to
take stock  of the state of the nation, and, in particular, the state of
democracy:  the institutions, conventions, and habits, that is, which allow
for representative government, and which-in principal, at least-ground
and ensure equal rights and fair treatment. Countless books will be written
about the 2016 election, no doubt, and whether it was an aberration or the
beginning of a new politics. Among them  will be titles that struggle with
the nature of American political speech: After Donald Trump's victory,
can we  have coherent debate in the public square or must we now engage
in  post-truth politics?' And after an election revealing deep-seated
racial, class, gender, and regional differences, even animus, what can our
politicians say to unify the nation or restore trust in American democracy?
   Cathleen Kaveny's Prophecy  Without Contempt  offers a long view of
American   political speech.2 Published in early 2016, its analysis begins



* Department of Religious Studies, Yale University. I am grateful to Kevin P. Tobia for his helpful
suggestions.
   1. Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping
 public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief, post-truth is the Oxford Dictionaries
 Word of the Year for 2016. Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is . ., OXFORD
 DICTIONARIES, available at https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/press/news/ 2016/11/17/WOTY-16.
 2.  CATHLEEN KAVENY, PROPHECY WITHOUT CONTEMPT: RELIGIOUS DISCOURSE IN THE PUBLIC
 SQUARE (Harvard Univ. Press 2016).


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