Sightings

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

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How War Bypasses Morality

By Russell P. Johnson

Examining how wartime decisions often end up violating our ethical beliefs about war

January 6, 2020
Buddy

Memory Full: Boomers and the Art of Never Going Away

By David Gottlieb

How an aging generation is preserving its youthfulness ... forever

January 20, 2020
Xmas

Everything’s on Sale: Appropriations of Religion

By William Schweiker

A sighting of the unseen forces of religion at work during the holidays and what they tell us about this age

December 23, 2019
nativity

Disruptive Religion

By Cynthia G. Lindner

Why we sometimes need religion to offend us and disturb the status quo

January 2, 2020

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Buddy

Memory Full: Boomers and the Art of Never Going Away

By David Gottlieb

Sightings, as its readers know, peers through the lens of contemporary media and culture in order to reflect on public perceptions of and approaches t...

January 20, 2020
UMC

United Methodist Schism and the ‘Protocol’ of 2020

By William B. Lawrence

It was breaking news on January 3 when sixteen United Methodists who represent views across the political spectrum of the church released a plan to sp...

January 15, 2020
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Sunday Is ...

By Martin E. Marty

“Sunday Is Not the New Monday” shouted the headline of the “Success” section in a recent edition of our Chicago Tribune (Monday, December 30, 2019). H...

January 13, 2020
Suleimani

General Suleimani, U.S. Policy, and Jus ad Vim

By John Kelsay

The killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by U.S. forces may be discussed in legal, moral, strategic, and other terms. I propose to focus on mor...

January 9, 2020
nagasaki

How War Bypasses Morality

By Russell P. Johnson

“We took action to stop war, not to start it,” President Trump said in his recent statement about the attack against Qassim Soleimani. This statement ...

January 6, 2020
nativity

Disruptive Religion

By Cynthia G. Lindner

Earlier last month, as the Christian season of Advent began and images of the Holy Family emerged on church lawns around the U.S., multiple media outl...

January 2, 2020
Xmas

Everything’s on Sale: Appropriations of Religion

By William Schweiker

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the e...

December 23, 2019
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Jews and Judaism, Religion and Identity

By Simeon Chavel

In the wake of a growing number of acts of anti-Semitism across America and around the world in recent years (see the details measured by the Anti-Def...

December 18, 2019
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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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