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September 29, 2016
Editor's note. This is the second in a series of reflections on the Trump phenomenon—or "Trumpism," if such a thing can be defined—and what it reveals about the relationship between religion and politics in America today.
September 26, 2016
Rarely does the name of a Protestant denomination receive mention in a headline. Unless an article refers to a churchly scandal or schism, it’s not news.
September 22, 2016
Even people who do not follow the National Football League likely have heard of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem before games this se
September 19, 2016
“Getting Religion” is a concept born of H. L. Mencken’s observation that in the free market of American religion, citizens “get religion” when they convert or get steamed up.
September 15, 2016
A few weeks ago in late August, a woman was napping on a crowded beach in Nice when a group of police officers approached
September 12, 2016
When was the last time any of us read of a war being over? The War in Afghanistan? The Culture War(s)? The War on Poverty?
September 8, 2016
Editor's note. This is the first in a series of reflections on the Trump phenomenon—or "Trumpism," if such a thing can be defined—and what it reveals about the relationship between religion and politics in America today.

Author: Roger Griffin
August 29, 2016
Editor's note: Sightings will be taking a break in observance of Labor Day. We will return Thursday, September 8th.
August 22, 2016
Last week, while the sports-loving public watched timed Olympic events, viewers relearned the values of timing, measuring, and scorekeeping. Some races were decided by 1/100th of a second margins. The substantially smaller, microscopically observable religion-news-watching public did not always have to measure outcomes quite so close.
August 15, 2016
Since 1972, when Dean Kelley published Why Conservative Churches Are Growing, a good portion of the noticing of religious trends has been framed in Kelley’s terms. This led to concentration on what his title could take for granted: that Conservative Churches were growing.

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