Sightings Articles

The Pope in a white hat and white robe waves with his right hand with his back turned toward the camera.

Catholicism | Pope Benedict XVI | Pope Francis

Papal Fallibility

Commentary prompted by the recent death of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI unsurprisingly indexes the usual binaries of sensationalized speculation.

January 4, 2023
Black graduation caps and the backs of multiple heads

higher education | Economics | humanities

(Not) Doing It for the Money

The American educational system and religion are more closely tied to economics than is readily acknowledged.

October 13, 2022
empty church

political partisanship | Christian Nationalism | Roe v. Wade | Southern Baptist sexual abuse scandal | Federalist Society | U.S. Supreme Court

Partisanship in Religion and Politics

Many lament the obliteration of bipartisan politics: too few acknowledge it as a casualty of the idea that America is a "Christian nation".

May 25, 2022
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Franz Bibfeldt | Martin Marty | Academic Humor

The Return of Franz Bibfeldt

Bibfeldt’s return invites us to remember that there is an essential place for the occasional fit of laughter in even the most scholarly house.

April 6, 2022
god - blake

art | Religion and Literature | prophets

The Christian Who Was a Church of One

In a world that seems to me to offer precious little of the mantle of prophecy, I offer you William Blake.

February 17, 2022
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Books & Culture | liberalism | higher education

Faustian Bargains

The Great Books, Religion, and “Higher Education”

January 28, 2022
church and state

liberalism | Thomas Jefferson | Catholicism | Church and State | Benedict Option

Liberalism’s Faith

On Maggie Nelson, the free exchange of ideas that fundamentalists fear, and the faith that must ground any tenable liberalism

November 11, 2021
empty pews

American church | Christianity | Catholic decline

Sunday Mournings

Sunday worship was valorized as something it was not, but the “new normal” could turn out to be something that warrants renewed hope.

October 7, 2021
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Religion and Literature | university life | study of religion | Students | Coronavirus

A Tale of Two Classrooms: Impressions of an Academic Year

Even in extraordinary times, Dickens reminds us to exercise caution around superlatives

June 21, 2021
Mask

Coronavirus | ethics | society | social issues

Masks

The social effects of wearing a moral choice on our face

May 17, 2021