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


Protest and the Raging Messianic

By Foster J. Pinkney

How do our responses to pestilence and protest reflect the value of human life in our religious imagination?

June 5, 2020

Protests, Looting, and Iconoclasm

By Nathan Hardy

Considering how Christian acts of iconoclasm may illuminate the aims and effects of property damage and looting during protests

June 4, 2020

Stop Asking What the Bible Means to the President

By 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

The Coronavirus and Us

By Richard A. Rosengarten

Exploring the "ultimate dimensions" of COVID-19 as Americans prepare themselves for a season of quarantine and isolation

March 16, 2020

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Halting the Hajj

By David J. Wasserstein

This year’s pilgrimage, or hajj in Arabic, is basically off. The Saudi authorities have announced that no foreigners will be permitted to come to Arab...

July 2, 2020

Seeing a Religious Left

By Timothy Gutmann

When President Trump called churches “essential” and demanded that states allow them to reopen despite concerns about spreading the coronavirus, he en...

June 29, 2020
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Jobs for All?

By Steven Tipton & Brooks Holifield

Since the pandemic took hold three months ago, one in eight Americans has lost their job. One in three workers counts as unemployed, two in five from ...

June 25, 2020
In God We Trust

In What Do We Trust?

By William Schweiker

Cries for justice are resounding with anger, moral righteousness, and hope in cities and towns around the world. Anyone deaf to these cries lives in d...

June 22, 2020
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Unexpected ‘Openings’ and the Essence of Religious Practice

By Cynthia G. Lindner

During these last three months of our national pandemic quarantine, religious communities across the country closed their buildings to public gatherin...

June 18, 2020
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America’s Sirens

By Richard A. Rosengarten

Sirens are foreboding, unforgettable presences in Western mythology. Usually portrayed as distant, alluring temptresses, their songs threaten to overw...

June 15, 2020

COVID-19 and the Limits of Utilitarianism

By Nicholas Buck

Crafting policy decisions in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic calls for careful practical moral and political reasoning. Amid debates about ne...

June 11, 2020

Stop Asking What the Bible Means to the President

By Seth Perry

It would be insulting to the president’s core supporters to suggest that the absurdity and ham-fistedness of his photo-op with a bible last week was n...

June 8, 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.