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“McKanan challenges simple distinctions between religious and secular activism, showing that religious beliefs and practices have been integral to every movement promoting liberty, equality, and solidarity in the history of this nation. ”—The Tavis Smiley Show

“McKanan’s meticulous and thoughtful scholarship gathers a cloud of witnesses who testify to the success that can be achieved when religion and radical action coalesce.”
—Rebecca Parker, Journal of Unitarian Universalist History

 “Today’s radicals . . . may be inspired and urged onward by exploring the diverse religious traditions of radical movements through history. Prophetic Encounters invites them to follow the path of their predecessors and continue to encounter one another deeply, ‘glimpse the face of the divine, and change the world.’”
—Olga Bonfiglio, America


“McKanan narrates these tumultuous and dizzying developments with great lucidity and sympathy.”—Dissent

“…[H]is packed chronicle stands to be the book-of-first-resort on the intersection of religion and radicalism in America.”—Booklist   

“An illuminating book.”—Kirkus 

“Dan McKanan’s Prophetic Encounters is a revelation of a book. Beautifully written and boldly conceived, it the most accessible and comprehensive study to date of the ‘sibling’ relationship—and rivalry—between radicalism and religion in American history. Shattering the stubborn myth that politics and religion don’t mix, McKanan shows us instead that we can’t possibly understand one without the other. Prophetic Encounters insists that the American radical tradition itself is the strongest sign we have of our stubborn faith in the power of the nation’s founding ideals and the possibility of building a world where they are finally, and fully, realized. This book is a must-read for activists and academics, people of faith and non-believers alike.”—Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Harvard University, co-editor of The Radical Reader: A Documentary Anthology of the American Radical Tradition

“To be a radical means to go to the root of things. The root of American radicalism has been among religious people. Secularists, individualists, please take note! Encounters and dialogue between religiously motivated radicals and more secular activists remain important. America, ‘the nation with the soul of a church,’ cannot be changed by those who ignore or scorn religion. This book proves that in vitalizing stories. They go from our roots as a democratic republic to recent efforts to feed the withering branches of social activism with living waters for all souls. Blessings on Dan McKanan, a storyteller, theologian, and historian who feeds the activist soul!”—John Buehrens, co-author, A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion in the 21st Century
 
“All too few historians have taken genuine heed of the diverse band of prophetic radicals who have stirred and galvanized the American Left. Dan McKanan’s history captures the spirit of that activist tradition. Casting a suitably wide net, he brings together evangelical abolitionists, Protestant progressives, Catholic Leftists, labor-agitating socialists, civil-rights protesters, post-Christian humanists, and Neopagan feminists in a compelling testimony to the nation’s radical inheritance. McKanan offers a prophetic history in sync with—and worthy of—the Left’s deepest aspirations.”—Leigh Eric Schmidt, Washington University, author of Heaven’s Bride

Prophetic Encounters is the most important book on the radical tradition in America to emerge in years. Spanning almost two hundred years of American history, and written with subtlety and grace, it tells the story of the intricate links between the radical reform tradition and the ‘prophetic power’ of religious belief. It is not only a brilliant work of scholarship, but a stirring handbook for present and future radicals—for in Dan McKanan’s deft hands, history becomes the activist’s muse.”John Stauffer, award-winning author of The Black Hearts of Men and Giants and Professor of the History of American Civilization at Harvard 

Prophetic Encounters is an endlessly fascinating history of America’s most creative dissenters. Dan McKanan’s vast knowledge and unflagging enthusiasm make this book essential reading for activists, for scholars, or for anyone interested in the religious dimensions of social change.”—Joseph Kip Kosek

About the Author

Dan McKanan is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School and the author of Identifying the Image of God, Touching the World, and The Catholic Worker after Dorothy. His writing has appeared in Sojourners, America, and many other journals.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080701317X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807013175
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan McKanan is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, where he has taught since 2008. Previously he served as associate professor and chair of the Theology Department at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Minnesota. McKanan is the author of three books on religious social activism in the United States: Identifying the Image of God: Radical Christians and Nonviolent Power in the Antebellum United States, Touching the World: Christian Communities Transforming Society, and The Catholic Worker after Dorothy: Practicing the Works of Mercy in a New Generation. His writing has also appeared in many publications, including Sojourners, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, America, the Journal of Religion, Harvard Theological Review, and Journal of the American Academy of Religion, as well as in multiple anthologies.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maybe on October 6, 2012
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Harvard Divinity School professor Dan McKanan's book is a welcome work on the neglected field of the religious left in America. At a time when the media and scholars both seem to assume that religion has always supported the political right McKanan makes a forceful case that this is simply not true. While many religious movements of the American left have been amply studied, including abolition or civil rights, this work does an excellent job of weaving them all into it's explanation of American history.

This work also does a good job of showing that religious radicals arguing for a cause can serve to inspire those arguing for other later ones. Seeing these religiously inspired reformers as being part of grand heritage goes a long way towards understanding what creates movements for social change. Abolition, spiritualism, women's rights, worker's rights and even Gandhian pacifism are not self contained bits of history but all share a common background that is it is critical to understand.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in American history, religious history, social reform or is themselves seeking religious inspiration.While this book is likely to be most useful to a scholar but should be understandable to anyone with some background in American history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on February 12, 2013
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Mckanan describes in detail and puts in well written perspective the history of the radical movements of the 18th through 20th centuries.. He offers facts and people that have been ignored in most US history textbooks.
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By andy lepage on February 28, 2015
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A joy to read. Dan McKanan knows how to make history come alive, how to make words expressive, how to make writing pleasurable, and how to make meaning sing a delightful song to the reader!
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By James Anest on March 1, 2015
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Very thought provoking.
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By saustown on March 14, 2015
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