Reporting and commenting on the role of religion in public life.
Special Issue on the George Floyd ProtestsBy The Editor
A Letter from the Editor
June 4, 2020
A Normalized Sense of HopelessnessBy Cynthia G. Lindner
Making America Great at the Expense of Her Soul
July 23, 2020
Stop Asking What the Bible Means to the PresidentBy 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
Hate and Its ElusionBy Matthew Creighton
Lessons learned (and lessons needed) about anti-Semitism in the time of COVID-19
July 9, 2020
A Summer CorrespondenceBy 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 DilemmaBy 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
Imagining History without Heroes and VillainsBy 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
The Creedal Orthodoxy of the RNC platformBy 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
Labor SundayBy 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
King CottonBy 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
Summer HiatusBy 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 CloudBy 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
Sighting Religion in the Public Square
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.