My Bloggingheads diavlog on moral authority with Daniel Schultz is now up. Naturally, in watching it, I’m struck by the point I failed to make: that prophetic leadership is always inconsistent with wielding state power. Machiavelli’s “armed prophet” is always an ex-prophet. To denounce Barack Obama because he isn’t Martin Luther King is simply to misconceive King’s role, and Obama’s.
[Andy Sabl has a superb book on this point.]