A World Without Prophets
Original title: Un monde sans prophète
This hard-hitting essay examines the role played by figure of the Prophet, considered as a sort of whistleblower and as the perfect counter-power agent to fight an institutionalized power.
There are the biblical prophets such as Abraham, Moses, Isai and Jesus. And then, there are their distant successors; Gandhi, Jaurès, the Abbé Pierre. Do we live today in a world without prophets? Without those beings gifted with an astonishing presence, incredible courage, a spirit strong enough to withstand any ordeal, and who often end up deported or assassinated by the powers they have denounced.
This is where Marek Halter’s reflection begins – and it has the merit of putting in their proper place all the false prophets that riddle newspapers and TV panels.