The meaning of Christian prophecy in a liberal secular culture

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Gascoigne, Robert. (2016). The meaning of Christian prophecy in a liberal secular culture. Political Theology. 17(6), pp. 540 - 554. https://doi.org/10.1179/1462317X15Z.000000000141
AuthorsGascoigne, Robert
Abstract

This essay considers the marks of authentic Christian prophecy in Fra Anton Montesino's 1511 sermon in Hispaniola, in its political and cultural context, arguing that these marks are witness, courage, discernment and a concrete, contextual focus. It then reflects on the ways in which these marks of authentic prophecy might be displayed in our own very different context, drawing a characterization of that context from Charles Taylor's A Secular Age. It concludes with reflections on the foundation of prophecy in prayer and hope, and with critical discussion of Luke Bretherton's use of the motif of “exile in Babylon” (Jeremiah 29) as a Biblical image for Christian prophetic presence in liberal, secular societies.

KeywordsAnton Montesino; Christian prophecy; marks of authentic prophecy; liberal secular society; Charles Taylor; Jeremiah 29; Luke Bretherton
Year2016
JournalPolitical Theology
Journal citation17 (6), pp. 540 - 554
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd
ISSN1462-317X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1179/1462317X15Z.000000000141
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84981742991
Page range540 - 554
Research GroupSchool of Theology
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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