Sightings

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July 22, 2013
Published in late 1959, my first book, The New Shape of American Religion, cited several mainstream commentators and spotted numerous trends to suggest that the then-much-noticed “revival of interest” in religion had crested in 1958.
July 18, 2013
The 2011 Canadian census data regarding religion was recently released by Statistics Canada, the federal agency that tells us Canadians, and interested others, what to make of the decennial censuses taken by the government.  
July 15, 2013
Two weeks ago Sightings picked up on some lines written by the influential Evangelical-oriented author, Eric Metaxas. “Not so fast,” he wisely enough cautioned those who consider legalized, same-sex marriage to be inevitable. And yet, hours after he posted this alert, the United States Supreme Court issued a judgment, which made legal same-sex marriage look a bit more inevitable. 
July 11, 2013
Against the backdrop of the recently reignited and widely publicized violence in Egypt, violence that has included calls for jihad against President Mohamed Morsi’s opponents, I was struck by a thought-provoking article in Time (July 1, 2013) that details the relatively unpublicized but growing violence between Buddhists and Muslims in several Asian locales (“The Face of Buddh
July 8, 2013
Sociologist Rodney Stark’s article in the Wall Street Journal, “The Myth of Unreligious America,” is his well-stated rejoinder to other sociologists, demographers, and religious leaders who imply that the “game is all over” for religion and religious believers in America today.
July 4, 2013
The Fourth of July is a good day to remember the Rev. John Boyle, warrior turned healer, who left this world not long ago.   During WW II, John was a 19-year-old sergeant in the U.S. Army fighting in Germany. He wrote this remembrance, in a draft of a book on forgiveness we had been working on together:
July 4, 2013
The Fourth of July is a good day to remember the Rev. John Boyle, warrior turned healer, who left this world not long ago.   During WW II, John was a 19-year-old sergeant in the U.S. Army fighting in Germany. He wrote this remembrance, in a draft of a book on forgiveness we had been working on together:  
July 1, 2013
True to our title-metaphor “Sightings,” we regularly write about seeing, seeking, squinting, and finding evidences of religion in public life. The month of June provided many opportunities (some of them almost blinding!) to recognize religion’s role in a putatively secular and religion-blind society.
June 27, 2013
In a recent article in the New York Times, “Predator and Prey, a Delicate Dance,” John Vucetich, Michael Nelson, and Rolf Peterson describe a scenario that challenges the meanings we attach to the word, wilderness.

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