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political religion | Augustine of Hippo | politics

We Hold These Truths

An Augustinian meditation on the communal dispositions required for democracy

January 25, 2021
christ apothecary

science vs. religion | Coronavirus | Martin Luther | John Calvin

Science and Religion in Times of Plague

Calvin and Luther warn against the simplistic assumption that religious liberty is opposed to medical expertise

January 21, 2021
Sanitation Workers March

Civil Rights | white supremacy | political religion

Of Memphis and Washington

White Supremacy's desecration of sacred spaces, in 1968 and today

January 18, 2021
marchers

Hebrew Bible | political religion | Evangelicalism | Christian Right

A Biblical Attack on the Capitol?

The alternative facts and faulty exegesis behind Evangelicals' "Biblical worldview."

January 14, 2021
Sibelius

music | politics | fascism | Donald Trump

Symphonic Politics, Sibelius, and the Immanent Messiah

Our country cannot afford to wait for a miracle. The music of Jean Sibelius teaches us what the alternatives might look like.

January 11, 2021
Warnock speaking at Ebenezer Baptist

Black Church | political religion | social justice

Georgia's Senate Elections and the Life of the Black Church

Senator-elect Warnock's victory shows that the institution that led the fight for civil rights has just as much vitality as ever

January 7, 2021
Scheherazade and the Sultan

Qur'an | Coronavirus | Religion and Literature

Relief After Misfortune

A centuries-old Islamic literary genre may still offer consolation today

January 4, 2021
holiday birb

Happy Holidays from Sightings

We will be going on hiatus till the new year

December 17, 2020
Paula Fox Z"L

disability rights | Coronavirus | Supreme Court

Pandemic, Disability, and Worship Practices: What Next?

The debates around in-person worship services callously neglect worshippers with disabilities

December 14, 2020
tsar holler

Russia | Orthodoxy | right-wing | sacralization of politics

Putin's American Comrades and Our Post-Truth Moment

The recent growth of Russian Orthodoxy in Appalachia has roots in the Kremlin's disinformation campaigns

December 10, 2020