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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."  
June 8, 2001
American citizens -- even those actively involved in churches and synagogues -- are largely unaware of seminaries and divinity schools in their own cities and regions. They seldom think of theological schools as part of "the civic mix" of newspapers, schools, museums, and community organizations that define and contribute to local public life.
June 4, 2001
Though debates over prayer in school have turned out to be very much a public affair, in historic reckoning the practice of prayer has usually belonged to "private religion" in America. But, now and then, prayer itself becomes a public presence. The religious and secular press both have to pay attention the wildly best-selling book by Bruce Wilkinson, The Prayer of Jabez.  

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