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.
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July 20, 2001
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.
June 20, 2001
In the school voucher debate, one critical issue still unaddressed is the potential for vouchers to increase racial segregation. Specifically, the widespread implementation of vouchers could increase segregation by fostering the creation and expansion of church-affiliated elementary and secondary schools.
June 18, 2001
When librarians seek to catalog a new book entitled Something in the Soil: Legacies and Reckonings in the New West, religion is probably not the first category that will spring to mind. But in a recent issue of the Times Literary Supplement, Ronald Wright looks at Patricia Nelson Limerick's new work and, believe it or not, it's all about public religion.
June 11, 2001
A nineteenth-century sermon illustration told of the time a town's church was burning. At the head of the bucket brigade was the village atheist. Why show up now? "Because when the church is on fire is the only time anything exciting is going on."