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November 4, 2002
Who's counting? Answer: the United Jewish Communities, through the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01, which has been counting Jews and measuring Judaism in the United States. Sponsors and commentators use superlatives: largest, most detailed, etc. among surveys of Jews or any religious group in America. Needless to say, controversy followed the release. 
October 31, 2002
Reinhold Niebuhr, the great American theologian, had many and varied things to say about the use of military force. A pacifist early in his life, he supported our involvement in World War I, became a pacifist again in response to Versailles, and later was one of the first voices to encourage our entry into World War II.
October 28, 2002
Thursday's Sightings by John P. Crossley (October 24, 2002) reviewed well the status of debates on how courts handle "under God" clauses and other issues on the frontline of "church-state" issues. Reading it called to mind the fact that whiners about the secularization of American life so regularly argue that the courts "take God out" of national life.
October 24, 2002
If the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the decision of its three-judge panel regarding the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, I believe the Supreme Court would do the nation a favor by refusing to hear the inevitable appeal.
October 21, 2002
Given the many and lively reactions to recent "Sightings" that report on the absence and then the presence of, and sometimes the conflict among, religious voices in respect to the impending Iraq War, let's talk this week about the nature and intentions of this e-mail column.
October 17, 2002
A few weeks ago, Sightings ran a piece on the efforts of Hebrew Christian groups to convert Jews ( HYPERLINK "http://divinity.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2002/0830.html" August 30, 2002).
October 14, 2002
"If you can't lick 'em, join 'em" could well have been the motto for CPs, conservative Protestants ["you"], in their relation to the world and the surrounding culture, especially popular culture ["'em"], during the past sixty years.
October 10, 2002
This past summer, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the school voucher program, based on the pilot in inner-city Cleveland, did not constitute the establishment of religion and thus affirmed its constitutionality. The Supreme Court's ruling should not shock us, but not all that is constitutional is wise. We must ask ourselves again -- and with renewed urgency -- if vouchers are a good idea.
October 7, 2002
These days and weeks U. S. citizens are largely bystanders as the administration most fatefully ponders a religion-laden set of questions as to the when, how and why of attacking Iraq. No longer are religious leaders silent, as they seemed to be weeks ago.
October 3, 2002
Several winters ago I spent the night in a tiny koa-wood cabin in the cloud forests of Mauna Loa, as a thunderstorm swept over the 13,600 foot volcano. The windowpanes pulsed electric blue through the night. The next morning I stood outside and gazed past a break in the sunlit canopy to see the volcano's summit shining with new snow.

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