The Prophetic Pulpit: Preacher as Public Intellectual



The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the intellectual tradition of Protestant preaching as both spiritual witness and prophetic resistance in the United States. The ultimate aim of this course is threefold: 1.) Clarify the role of the public intellectual within the prophetic tradition, 2.) Identify opportunities and limitations of the preacher as public intellectual due to factors such as gender/class and racial hierarchies, 3.) Encourage students to craft sermons that are biblically based, exegetically sound, and that can address the cultural and political economies of the dominant society. Intellectuals engaged in the course include, but are not limited to, William Sloane Coffin, Pauli Murray, and Gardner C. Taylor.