The cliché about polite conversation is that there are two things never to discuss: religion and politics. We at Sightings know better. We seek out and comment on the events, agents, and trends in public life where issues of religion are writ large, in plain view—or are simmering under the surface.
We run 500-1000 word pieces relating to religion in the modern world.
We only publish original pieces that have never been published elsewhere.
Most of our pieces respond to a news item, placing the event or trend in context of its history and other relevant background, and analyzing its media coverage.
We do not use footnotes, but a brief references section can follow the essay. Please only list citations of works written in English.
Please do not use hyperlinks within the essay. You may include links, however, in the references section. For example:
Miller, Lisa. "Feminism's Final Frontier? Religion." Washington Post. March 8, 2012. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/churches-and-politicians-take-note-disrespect-women-and-they-will-leave/2012/03/07/gIQA9SwJzR_story.html
We follow the Chicago Manual of Style (only one space between sentences, books of the bible are capitalized but not italicized, etc).
Please include a short bio of one or two sentences, and let us know if you have a Facebook and/or Twitter account. We link to the essay on social media after it has been published.
We typically do not run pieces written from a religious perspective. Rather, our essays look at religion in public life from an academic perspective.
We do not publish book reviews, movie reviews, poetry or fiction. We do publish pieces that discuss certain books, movies, poetry or fiction if they represent a trend relating to religion.
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Articles may not be republished until permission has been granted by the Managing Editor.
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