Sightings Articles


Coronavirus | Jose Ortega y Gasset

Cultural Disruptions

Martin Marty on the importance of seeking out stories of human goodness in the darkest days...

May 11, 2020
virtual church

hope | Coronavirus | apocalyptic theology

Hope in the Midst of Apocalypse

Martin Marty ponders the themes of Apocalypse, (In)Action, and Theodicy in relation to COVID-19...

April 13, 2020

decline | Great Awakening | Second Great Awakening

Thank God, Churches are Dying... and Living

Exploring the space between decline and renewal in American Christianity...

March 9, 2020


Still Searching for a Usable Future

Contemplating religion's role today in predicting and projecting possible futures...

February 10, 2020

Christianity | worship | secularism

Sunday Is ...

Are traditional holy days still something more than just any other day?...

January 13, 2020



Is anti-Catholicism on the rise once again in the U.S.?...

December 9, 2019

Cultivating the Good in Our ‘Mass of Habits’

Martin Marty reflects on new (and old) advice for changing our habits...

November 11, 2019

hope | endurance

Searching for Hope

Martin Marty considers the place of hope in the realm of religion today....

October 14, 2019

Martin Marty | politics | endurance

Chaos and Endurance

One way that the written word has evolved with the advent of online media is the addition of “Keywords” at the end or beginning of an essay. (In fact, you’ll find them at the bottom of this column!) They can help summarize the main points of an essay...

September 9, 2019

The Death of Politics?

Today’s “sighting” owes its inspiration to a brief moment of déjà vu that hit me recently as a new-but-familiar book title came across my desk...

June 10, 2019