What is a Prophet?


Scott McKnight’s blog featuring Dr Aaron Chalmers- Head of School. Ministry, Theology and Culture.

Please click on the link below for the full article.  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2015/08/07/what-is-a-prophet/

That’s a good question, What is a prophet? An even better question is, Who is a prophet? Or, Is so-and-so a prophet? In his new and very good book, Interpreting the Prophets, Aaron Chalmers sketches an answer to our titled question: What is a prophet?

Before we get to Chalmers, this must be said: Critics of the President, the Governor, the Mayor or the government and its policies is for many today the prophets. That is, a recent series of books is about “prophetic” Christianity — a series of books I have enjoyed — and the underlying assumption is that a prophet is someone who critiques the system, The Man. So prophetic Christians challenge the system, and that usually means economic system, political system, moral system, and global system (and more).  Thus, for many today a prophet is a political, cultural, economical, and social critic or social reformer.


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