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July 22, 2004
As the swarm of periodical cicadas known as Brood X emerged along the Atlantic coast over the past couple months, the American media clambered to track the eruption. Alongside news reports and web sites tending to the cicadas, there were scores of articles detailing the brief, amorous life of the insects and the fascination they arouse.

Author: Jeremy Biles
July 19, 2004
This Sightings is sent as a message in a bottle, floated from Washington Island, Wisconsin, where I am co-leading a retreat.  Distant from most media stimuli, I did my sighting of a book, John Granger's Looking for God in Harry Potter (Tyndale).  Reading it may have seemed a strange choice for two reasons: 1) Tyndale publishes the Left Behind books, which I would rather leave behind.
July 15, 2004
It may be that President Bush and his re-election campaign have finally found the limits of evangelical good will.  The President's high profile faith and open acknowledgement of Jesus as his favorite political philosopher has endeared him to evangelicals all across the country.
July 13, 2004
Sighted in The Associated Press (July 9) and, more extensively, in the New York Times (July 8) was a story about the drastic decline in the number of book readers in our society.  We are becoming an ever less literate nation.  There are still some readers left.
July 8, 2004
In recent months, both the United States and the international community have been seared by images of U.S. soldiers engaged in the physical abuse and humiliation of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.  But, despite many pictures of the Abu Ghraib prisoners, the voices of these prisoners are strikingly absent from the record.
July 5, 2004
Two republican leaders got things right, or pretty much so, during the past fortnight. I am referring to recent debates concerning religion and politics, personal faith and public policy, and private spirituality and the open parading of it.
July 1, 2004
The New British Artist movement first made headlines this side of the Atlantic with the arrival of the "Sensation" show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in October 1999.
July 1, 2004
The New British Artist movement first made headlines this side of the Atlantic with the arrival of the "Sensation" show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in October 1999.

Author: Spencer Dew
June 28, 2004
I usually hesitate to double back and revisit a just-visited theme, especially when there are so many other religion-in-culture events to sight, but last week's column prompted so many good responses that we wanted to note them. (As often mentioned, editor Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez and your Monday columnist are not able to respond to all responses.
June 24, 2004
A minister who is licensed by the state of Texas as a mental-health professional cannot claim First Amendment protections for a breach of confidentiality, a Texas appeals court has ruled.

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