Tydskrif vir Letterkunde
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KOOPMAN, Nico. A prophet for dignity? A theological perspective. Tydskr. letterkd. [online]. 2012, vol.49, n.1, pp. 131-141. ISSN 0041-476X.
This paper portrays the work of Adam Small as prophetic work. Three dimensions of the practice of prophetic speaking are described, namely prophetic envisioning, prophetic criticism and prophetic policymaking. Small's work is described in terms of these categories. During the struggle against apartheid and during the current quest for a new society of dignity, justice and freedom, Small's prophetic envisioning, prophetic criticism and self-criticism and his prophetic policymaking discourse is of immense importance. Amidst our struggle to build a new society his prophetic envisioning gives hope and inspiration. Amidst our anger about so many wrongs in society and the non-fulfilment of the vision of a new society, his prophetic criticism and self-criticism gives fortitude and courage. Amidst reservations about participation in complex and sophisticated public debates, public opinion-formation processes and public law-making processes, his prophetic policymaking discourse gives illumination and perspective.
Keywords : Adam Small; anti-apartheid writing; dignity; prophetic speaking; public opinion-formation.