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“American Prophets” with Albert Raboteau | On Contact

On Contact host Chris Hedges talks to Prof. Albert Raboteau about his latest book, American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice, in which Raboteau explores what it is that takes religious radicals, or prophets, outside of themselves. What is it like to share Divine pathos for the oppressed? How do prophets offer an alternative script in contrast to dominant beliefs? How are they received by the larger community?

The episode begins with a short featurette of Dorothy Day, who co-founded the Catholic Worker newspaper in 1933. Raboteau’s book also covers the work of religious radicals Abraham Joshua Heschel, A. J. Muste, Howard Thurman, Thomas Merton, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Fannie Lou Hamer.

American Prophets with Albert Raboteau

“On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Professor Albert Raboteau, author of “American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice”. They discuss the theological and ethical motivations of prophetic figures and their importance in an age of radical evil. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the legacy of Dorothy Day who established the Catholic Worker Movement. ” ~ On Contact

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • One argument I use in debates with establishment supporters is that fundamental social change never comes from the pragmatic, political center; it does come from the radical fringe. In addition to the above mentioned, John Brown, the abolitionist, comes to mind. The question, then, becomes rather simple and difficult to avoid: Do we want fundamental social change on any given issue?

    • “Change… come[s] from the radical fringe” is so true. What establishment supporters don’t get is that their world would devolve into a stagnant pond, without a steady stream of “freshening” ideas. Progressive change is the stuff of survival.

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