Who and what are responsible for "secularization" in the West, including the United States? Many charge that a "secular humanist conspiracy" and "governmental acts" -- especially Supreme Court decisions -- force God and godliness from the public spheres of life and leave the spiritual landscape barren.
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July 25, 2001
July 25, 2001
The front page of the Chicago Tribune Metro section for July fifth shows two pictures of religion in America that capture well its ambivalence as a public force.
July 23, 2001
Religion makes only a brief appearance in a fine, thick, fine-even-in-spite-of-being-thick report called Wanted: Solutions for America. What We Know Works.
July 20, 2001
Change gives us the chance to take stock of where we are, think about where we have been, and speculate as to where we may be going. I would like to take the occasion of a change in our editorial guard to say a thank you, make an introduction, and describe Sightings and the center from which it issues to a growing readership.
July 16, 2001
Though enticed by the debate over stem cell research and similar stories, this week we'll follow-up on last week's column regarding religion coverage on national television. The purpose this week is to help subscribers keep developing their own do-it-yourself kits for scanning the horizon.
July 11, 2001
Whatever happened to Christian history?
July 9, 2001
Regular readers of Sightings know that part of our mission, inherited from the three-year Public Religion Project and carried over to the (more academic) program of the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago, is observing the way mass media do or do not cover items of religion, spirituality, and faith.
July 5, 2001
Like the lion Aslan himself, the controversy over HarperCollins's handling of C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia just won't die.
July 2, 2001
Sighting "spirituality" alongside or overlapping with "religion" and "faith" is easier to do every week. Call the evidences of it also evidences of the "de-secularization" of American life. The newest field in which one can do spotting and sighting is social work. See D. W.
June 29, 2001
Patriotism is certainly not unique to the United States, but in America the spirit of patriotism is especially high around this time of the year. As we commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives for the country. Hollywood moviemakers also join or reinforce this patriotic mood by producing blockbuster movies targeted at Memorial Day or Independence Day.