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

Recent Columns


A Summer Correspondence

By Richard A. Rosengarten

This August a dormitory at Loyola University in Maryland that had been named in honor of the American short story writer and novelist Flannery O’Conno...

September 21, 2020

The Donation Dilemma

By Nada Moumtaz

On 6:08 pm on August 4, 2020, a near-nuclear explosion blasted through my hometown of Beirut. In a split second, 300,000 people found themselves homel...

September 17, 2020
Bathsheba mourning Uriah

Imagining History without Heroes and Villains

By Russell P. Johnson

“Against every law of society and nature,” President Trump said in a recent speech at Mount Rushmore, “our children are taught in school to hate their...

September 14, 2020
Christ separating sheep and goats

The Creedal Orthodoxy of the RNC platform

By Bradley Hansen

The Republican National Committee recently opted not to release a new platform this year, but instead re-released their 2016 platform with an unwaveri...

September 10, 2020
First labor day parade in New York City, 1882

Labor Sunday

By Janine Giordano Drake

Imagine a trade union movement with so many active members that its “Labor Day” parades and celebrations shut down New York City for a day in 1882. Im...

September 7, 2020
Tom Cotton

King Cotton

By William B. Lawrence

Among his recent initiatives as a first-term member of the United States Senate, Tom Cotton has recently gained some attention for his efforts to cont...

September 3, 2020
Quad 1937

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
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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.