On Prophecy and Democracy

By Aryeh Cohen

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, September 2012

Prophecy and democracy are both necessary, and each has its own dangers. While the power of prophets is important--perhaps indispensable--in confronting not only the unbridled power of governments or corporations, but also corruption and its handmaiden, wealth, it must be the responsibility of democracy, basic democracy, to set policy and seek solutions. "Vox populi vox dei / the voice of the people is the voice of God"--in its plodding complexity and procedural inefficiencies--that is the only path we have from here to justice.

Topic: Democracy, Religion and State, Religion, Government

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/No.692

Page Number(s): 9-10

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Identifier: issn:0049-0385

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Aryeh. On Prophecy and Democracy. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. September 2012: 9-10. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14281


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