The Passions of Prophecy

It is indeed a risky thing to write an autobiography. But Daniel Berrigan has been doing risky things for most of his life.

To Dwell in Peace: An Autobiography, by Daniel Berrigan, is the kind of personal writing that makes an author vulnerable -- both to friends, who are exposed to the humanity behind a prophet's words and witness, and to enemies, who would seek to reduce prophecy to psychology, thereby undermining its truth and power. Such was the purpose of one reviewer of the Berrigan autobiography. This column is not a review of the book, but rather a review of that review.

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