Reporting and commenting on the role of religion in public life.


Special Issue on the George Floyd Protests

By The Editor

A Letter from the Editor

June 4, 2020
corona anxiety

A Normalized Sense of Hopelessness

By Cynthia G. Lindner

Making America Great at the Expense of Her Soul

July 23, 2020

Stop Asking What the Bible Means to the President

By Seth Perry

A historian of the bible in America reflects on what Trump’s recent photo-op in front of St. John’s Church does (and doesn’t) mean

June 8, 2020
Star of David

Hate and Its Elusion

By Matthew Creighton

Lessons learned (and lessons needed) about anti-Semitism in the time of COVID-19

July 9, 2020

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Summer Hiatus

By The Editor

Dear Readers,   Per tradition, Sightings will be closing up shop for the month of August—a chance for us to gear up for another year of insightful rep...

July 30, 2020

Moral Reckoning Under a Mushroom Cloud

By William George

On the morning of August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. Nagasaki was similarly bombed three days later. T...

July 27, 2020
corona anxiety

A Normalized Sense of Hopelessness

By Cynthia G. Lindner

If you or your loved ones have seemed especially sad, angry, or bored during this seemingly unending pandemic season, you are not alone. A study publi...

July 22, 2020
Kadir Nelson

The Art of the Social Contract

By Richard A. Rosengarten

It has been remarked that the most profound interpretation of a work of art is another work of art. One case in point is Kadir Nelson’s June 22, 2020,...

July 20, 2020

Toppling History?

By William Schweiker

And on the pedestal these words appear: My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains. Round ...

July 15, 2020
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Tools for Studying Pandemic Religion

By A. Trevor Sutton

In 1959, an electrical engineer named Paul Baran proposed a robust communication network capable of surviving nuclear assault. Long-distance telephone...

July 13, 2020
Star of David

Hate and Its Elusion

By Matthew Creighton

The global bout with coronavirus is oftentimes construed in oppositional, martial terms. The refrain heard is that we are waging a collective “battle”...

July 9, 2020

The Hypocrisy Juke

By Russell P. Johnson

No matter how bad something is, there’s always something worse. Or so it seems according to the popular rhetorical move I call the “hypocrisy juke.” I...

July 6, 2020
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Through the eyes, ears, and keyboards of a diverse group of writers, Sightings displays a kaleidoscope of religious activity: a reflection of how religious currents are shaping and being shaped in the world.