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March 24, 2014
Chapels, churches, synagogues, cathedrals and other buildings are often the most visible and stable signs that religious institutions exist.
March 20, 2014
This month, Syria’s Uprising enters its fourth year.
March 17, 2014
“Who is Pope Francis?” was the understandable and constant question during this pope’s first year, now past. “Who is a Catholic?” is the understandable and urgent question in his second year, now begun.
March 13, 2014
Director Alfonso Cuaron’s movie, "Gravity," isn’t just an Oscar-winning blockbuster—it’s also a battleground for the early 21st Century “God Wars” in which the concept of providence is used as a weapon against the “New A
March 10, 2014
“Our Secular Future: The redefinition of religious liberty in American society” is a promising and threatening reflection by Richard R. Reno in the Jesuit-based weekly America (February 24, 2014).
March 6, 2014
This semester, a colleague and I are co-teaching a course on Faith & Globalization.
March 3, 2014
This weekend was time for movies and for talk about them. The Academy Awards, as readers of Sightings may have heard, were awarded.
February 28, 2014
NOTE: This essay originally appeared in The Indian Express, under the title "Law for Bad Behavior," on February 21, 2014. It is reprinted with permission of the author.
February 27, 2014
Last month, the executives on the board of directors of Penguin India made the determination that it was best to settle an anti-defamation case that names the historian of religions, Wendy Doniger, as one of the defenda
February 24, 2014
“IRONY. THE OPPOSITE OF WRINKLY” reads the message on a sweatshirt wife Harriet gave me, perhaps in reaction to my probable overuse of a topic.

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