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August 9, 2004
Last month, before a lecture at the Aspen Institute in Colorado, I littered the stage with clippings from four newspapers times seven days. Explicit references to religion appeared in headlines by the dozens. We long-time reporters on religion are mystified when we hear complaint that coverage is down in our "secular" time. It is up. We should know.
August 9, 2004
College religion courses come in many varieties, with no consistency in labeling.

Author: Brian Britt
August 5, 2004
In late April, the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) held a workshop entitled "Experiencing Sacred Spaces." The workshop was held in Columbus, Indiana and showcased the city's fine modern architecture including churches by Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, and Gunnar Birkerts, an I.M. Pei library, and a Henry Moore archway.
August 2, 2004
In the Austin, Texas, American-Statesman (July 25), Bill Bishop climaxed a series on "the great divide" between the two Americas
July 29, 2004
Correction: July column "Biblical Feminists" (7/29/04), by Dr. Alena Amato Ruggerio, asserted that Christianity Today cancelled an advertisement after receiving pressure from the organization Christians for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. No one from that organization contacted Christianity Today prior to its decision to pull the ad. Sightings regrets the error.
July 26, 2004
Some front-rank religious thinkers fed Peter Steinfels (New York Times, July 24) good recommendations for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates. I'll add a P.S. by pushing for a little article by Michael E.
July 22, 2004
As the swarm of periodical cicadas known as Brood X emerged along the Atlantic coast over the past couple months, the American media clambered to track the eruption. Alongside news reports and web sites tending to the cicadas, there were scores of articles detailing the brief, amorous life of the insects and the fascination they arouse.

Author: Jeremy Biles
July 19, 2004
This Sightings is sent as a message in a bottle, floated from Washington Island, Wisconsin, where I am co-leading a retreat.  Distant from most media stimuli, I did my sighting of a book, John Granger's Looking for God in Harry Potter (Tyndale).  Reading it may have seemed a strange choice for two reasons: 1) Tyndale publishes the Left Behind books, which I would rather leave behind.
July 15, 2004
It may be that President Bush and his re-election campaign have finally found the limits of evangelical good will.  The President's high profile faith and open acknowledgement of Jesus as his favorite political philosopher has endeared him to evangelicals all across the country.
July 13, 2004
Sighted in The Associated Press (July 9) and, more extensively, in the New York Times (July 8) was a story about the drastic decline in the number of book readers in our society.  We are becoming an ever less literate nation.  There are still some readers left.

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