Prophetic Witness

ab 14,90 

Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Etienne de Villiers (Eds.)

An Appropriate Contemporary Mode of Public Discourse?

ISBN 978-3-643-90044-9
Band-Nr. 1
Jahr 2012
Seiten 200
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Theology in the Public Square/Theologie in der Öffentlichkeit


The role of prophetic witness in the public discourse of modern civil
societies is a vital question not only for the churches but for society as
a whole. Is it still appropriate for churches to make use of prophetic
witness as a mode of public discourse in contemporary democratic
societies? Can biblical tradition be a referential source for prophetic
public statements of the churches in highly debated political questions?
Or must public discourse in pluralistic societies be strictly grounded in
purely reason based arguments? The book deals with these questions in a
multi-disciplinary perspective looking at historical settings of biblical
texts and discussing contemporary issues and contexts.

Heinrich Bedford-Strohm has been professor in Systematic Theology,
director of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Research Centre for Public Theology
and Extraordinary professor at the Faculty of Theology, University of
Stellenbosch. Since Nov. 2011 he is bishop of the Lutheran
Church in Bavaria/Germany.

Etienne de Villiers is emeritus professor in Christian Ethics in the
Faculty of Theology and former director of the Centre for Public Theology,
University of Pretoria.