Sightings

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

White

Paula White and the Mainstreaming of American Pentecostalism

By Daniel G. Hummel

Trump's appointment of Paula White is an indicator of shifting lines within the Christian right

November 7, 2019
Greta

Is the Climate Crisis a Secular Eschatology?

By Evan F. Kuehn

What does religion have to do with climate change activism?

October 3, 2019
refugees

“Loving Justice” and the Refugees at Our Border

By Regina M. Schwartz

Does religion offer an alternative to the economic notions of justice that dominate how we think about the refugee crisis facing America?

November 18, 2019
Hizon

What to the Immigrant is Veterans Day?

By John Sianghio

John Sianghio reflects on the complicated nature of American identity for immigrants today

November 14, 2019

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“Loving Justice” and the Refugees at Our Border

By Regina M. Schwartz

The United States recently hit a new low in its demonstration of inhumanity. During relief efforts in the Bahamas, in the wake of hurricane Dorian, in...

November 18, 2019
Hizon

What to the Immigrant is Veterans Day?

By John Sianghio

Specialist Rudolph R. Hizon was a 22-year-old infantryman in the United States Army when he was killed by an improvised explosive device in Logar Prov...

November 14, 2019
habits

Cultivating the Good in Our ‘Mass of Habits’

By Martin E. Marty

“All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits,” judged American philosopher William James, who wrote perceptively about human...

November 11, 2019
White

Paula White and the Mainstreaming of American Pentecostalism

By Daniel G. Hummel

This past week, Paula White, televangelist and personal pastor to President Trump, was picked to head the White House’s Faith and Opportunity Initiati...

November 7, 2019
Peace Prize

How to Win a Nobel Peace Prize

By Russell P. Johnson

The Nobel Peace Prize, which will be awarded for the hundredth time next month, is the most famous and prestigious prize in the world. Having the Peac...

November 4, 2019
Yomeddine

Judging Illness and Living Like Kings in Yomeddine

By Mark Lambert

“Run from a leper as you would run from a lion.”                   -Al-Bukhārī, as-Sahīh (Būlāq ed.), 8:433 Though often unsure of how to interpret ...

October 31, 2019
Amish

Shunning Religion

By William Schweiker

The cultural landscape of the United States is filled with iconic images: some horrific (the Twin Towers on 9/11), some commercial (the Golden Arches ...

October 28, 2019
Bloom

A Recalcitrant Influence

By Matthew Creighton

Last week the literary world bade adieu to Professor Harold Bloom, the most prodigious and well-known literary critic of the second half of the twenti...

October 24, 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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