Sightings

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

Trump

The Blinding Idol

By Daniel Owings

Daniel Owings discusses the shortcomings of idolatry imagery for understanding Donald Trump

October 17, 2019
Swinney

How Evangelicalism is Shaping College Football

By Ben Sheppard

Considering Evangelicalism's role in shaping the economy of college football.

September 26, 2019
Gandhi

Remembering Gandhi in a Critical Age

By Russell P. Johnson

Gandhi insisted on the power of each individual to contribute something to the realization of truth and freedom.

September 30, 2019
Kondo

Kondo and Kuyō: Disposal as a Religious Experience?

By Hannah Gould

What's religious (and what's not) about KonMari?

February 14, 2019

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Trump

The Blinding Idol

By Daniel Owings

After Donald Trump won a presidential election with strong support from white evangelical Christians, it has become somewhat commonplace to depict him...

October 17, 2019
Hope

Searching for Hope

By Martin E. Marty

“Sightings,” on which this column depends, are instances of seeing or catching sight of something, typically something unusual or rare, in this case, ...

October 14, 2019
baptistry

The Cost of Mormon Complementarianism

By Elizabeth Brocious

On October 2, the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints informed members through email that they have changed the policy...

October 10, 2019
Australia

Religious Discrimination: The Australian Debate

By Peter Sherlock

In August 2019 the Australian Government released a draft Religious Discrimination Bill for consultation. The bill, which aims “to eliminate, so far a...

October 7, 2019
Greta

Is the Climate Crisis a Secular Eschatology?

By Evan F. Kuehn

The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg’s yearlong campaign for transnational solutions to the global climate crisis gained widespread attention t...

October 3, 2019
Gandhi

Remembering Gandhi in a Critical Age

By Russell P. Johnson

On the 150th anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi’s birth, let us take a moment to celebrate the great religious leader who won India’s independence from En...

September 30, 2019
Trump

Sharpiegate, or the Origins and Ends of Democracy

By William Schweiker

During the summer hiatus of Sightings, the world kept spinning while hunger, poverty, horrific natural disasters, like Hurricane Dorian, continued to ...

September 23, 2019
Swinney

How Evangelicalism is Shaping College Football

By Ben Sheppard

I was a junior in high school when Coach Richt brought his players to church. At the time, Mark Richt was the head coach of the University of Georgia ...

September 26, 2019
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