WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW

The prophets of Israel and Judah are one of the most amazing groups of individuals in all history. In the midst of the moral desert…they spoke words the world has never been able to forget. They came from all classes. Some were sophisticated, others as plain and natural as the hillsides where they lived. Yet one thing was common to them all: the conviction that every human being, simply by virtue of his or her humanity, is a child of God and therefore in possession of rights that even kings must respect. The prophets lived in a vaster world than their compatriots, a world wherein kings seemed small and the power of the mighty is nothing as compared with purity, justice, and mercy. So it is, that whenever men and women have gone to history for encouragement and inspiration in the age-long struggle for justice, they have found it most pointedly in the proclamation of the prophets.

Huston Smith b. 1919 United States Professor of Religion
The Illustrated Book of The World’s Religions