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.