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January 18, 2018
In the time that’s elapsed since Sightings published my essay “Redefining the American Civil Religion” (October 6, 2017), it seems that positions of those on both ends of the political spectrum have hardened, while those in the center have become even more dismayed.
January 18, 2018
Many people were surprised when Donald Trump became U.S. president, considering him a long-shot candidate with a message more suited to the past than the present. But despite, and in some ways because of, social change, intensely religious Americans embraced him.
January 18, 2018
The U.S. president’s unilateral decision in December 2017 to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel understandably precipitated a storm of protest in the world of Realpolitik, and was immediately condemned almost unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly.

Author: Roger Griffin
January 18, 2018
Editor’s Introduction
January 15, 2018
Trying to do some justice to some aspects of some parts of American public life, namely the religious, keeps many scholars and reporters busy, and provides a vocation for some of us.
January 11, 2018
In his Sightings column published on Monday, December 11, Martin Marty invites readers to attend to the “movements in the hearts” of millennials, rather than settling for obvious interpretations about their reputed absence
January 8, 2018
Setting our sights for another year of Sightings poses our colleagues, counselors, staff, and many presumed readers-to-be at the juncture of realities code-named “religious” and “secular.” We have learned and will
January 4, 2018
Editor’s Note: Jonathan Z. Smith, the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, passed away on December 30, 2017.
December 21, 2017
Editor’s Note: Sightings will be on “holiday hiatus” until Thursday, January 4. We would like to thank our readers and contributors for their continued support and engagement this past year, and we look forward to bringing you more of the very best commentary on religion in public life during the year ahead.
December 18, 2017
“Charities Fear Tax Bill Will Cut Giving” is the kind of headline leaders of churches and charities hate to read about trends that they don’t like to face, as face they must.


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