Sightings

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

Pope Francis

Catholicism and its Disconnects

By Richard A. Rosengarten

The most recent Papal encyclical highlights longstanding fault lines in contemporary Catholicism

November 16, 2020
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Solitary Refinement

By Arthur J. Magida

What a Sufi spy from WWII can teach us about pandemic isolation

November 12, 2020
BTS

A Professor of Religion in a Time of Pop Power

By Kathryn Lofton

An academic reflects on her analysis of a boy band, their fans' reactions to it, and the hazards of professional expertise

November 9, 2020
Earthquake

Faith and Disaster

By Scott Ferguson

A Kantian reflection on the disconnect between the world of facts and our actions

November 5, 2020

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"The Latinx Vote" as Mission Field

By Samuel Stella

Even before the end of this past election day, Patricia Mazzei, Glenn Thrush, and Giovanni Russonello wondered in the New York Times whether “Mr. Bide...

November 30, 2020
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Longing for a Real Thanksgiving

By Cynthia G. Lindner

…I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States… to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of...

November 26, 2020
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Party On, America?

By William Schweiker

§1 While votes were still being counted, assessments of religion in the election were in.  The conclusion, wrote Jennifer Ruben, is that “White evang...

November 23, 2020
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Is Reconciliation Possible in our Religiously Polarized Moment?

By Victoria J. Barnett

In April 1940 the Dutch Protestant ecumenist Willem Visser‘t Hooft sent a sober memorandum, “The Ecumenical Church and the International Situation,” t...

November 19, 2020
Pope Francis

Catholicism and its Disconnects

By Richard A. Rosengarten

Pope Francis recently issued his third encyclical, “Fratelli tutti.”  As is invariably the case with texts taken to be the touchstones of a religious ...

November 16, 2020
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Solitary Refinement

By Arthur J. Magida

We’re all loners now in this, the largest sensory deprivation experiment in history. Even the extroverts are loners, or should be. Imposed solitude ma...

November 12, 2020
BTS

A Professor of Religion in a Time of Pop Power

By Kathryn Lofton

“Do you have any joy in your life? I mean it. DO YOU?” My e-mail inbox is often discomfiting, but I have enough scar tissue to move quickly through th...

November 9, 2020
Earthquake

Faith and Disaster

By Scott Ferguson

“Disaster” is a better term for describing present facts than “crisis.” “Crisis” means a turning point, a moment of decision. But present political, e...

November 5, 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.

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