Sightings Articles

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
Dr. Manette

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
kung

Catholicism | Death | dissenters | Euthanasia

The Legacy of Hans Küng

Remembering a theologian who was unafraid of rocking the boat

April 19, 2021
books

Religion and Literature | American Civil War | Myth

The Mythology and Mythologies of the Great American Novel

The roots and dangers of the quest for America's literary masterpiece

February 15, 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
Pope Francis

Pope Francis | Catholicism | social justice | conservatism

Catholicism and its Disconnects

The most recent Papal encyclical highlights longstanding fault lines in contemporary Catholicism

November 16, 2020
Quote

Flannery O'Connor | Race and religion | Jesuits | higher education | Catholicism

A Summer Correspondence

The decision to rename a dormitory reveals the fragility of historical nuance

September 21, 2020