Speaking Truth to Power

In this TowerTalk, Dr. Theon Hill considers how the prophets equip us with the rhetorical insight to meet the moral and spiritual challenges of contemporary American society.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What hidden moral challenges exist in contemporary American society?
  2. What are the difficulties of adopting a prophetic stance?
  3. How does a prophetic voice surface in a democracy?
  4. What are the prophetic voices in the 21st Century?


Bercovitch, Sacvan. The American Jeremiad. Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1978.

Brueggemann, Walter. The Prophetic Imagination. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2001.

Darsey, James. The Prophetic Tradition and Radical Rhetoric in America. New York, NY: NYU Press, 1999.

Heschel, Abraham Joshua. The Prophets. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. 2 vols. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2010.

The Prophets. 3rd ed. Vol. 2. 2 vols. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2010.

West, Cornel. Prophesy Deliverance! Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

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