Sightings Articles

Israeli Police at Al-Aqsa

political religion | violence | history

What Makes a Conflict "Religious"?

Sometimes our categories conceal more than they reveal

June 7, 2021
Steppenwolf

Religion and Literature | pop culture | Thomas Aquinas | evil

The Moral Emptiness of Zack Snyder's Justice League

Understanding what makes a movie villain compelling (or not), with a little help from Thomas Aquinas

May 3, 2021
Warnock

Black Church | liberation theology | political partisanship | culture wars

Raphael Warnock and the Ongoing Legacy of Black Liberation Theology

The myth of a monolithic Black theology at the heart of political scare tactics

April 5, 2021
HW Bush

Islam | France | Communism | right-wing

Islamo-Leftism?

The Cold War origins of anti-Islamic rhetoric

March 1, 2021
Riots

political religion | white supremacy | study of religion

Is This America?

A distinction may bring some clarity to disagreements about the meaning of the Capitol riots

February 1, 2021
Baby Yoda

pop culture | science fiction

Religion and Isolation in The Mandalorian

Baby Yoda, helmets, and a mysterious tradition serve as a lens for understanding our current state of estrangement.

December 7, 2020
Floyd, Taylor, and Arberry with halos

political religion | #blacklivesmatter

The Difference between Heroes and Martyrs

When we memorialize victims of police violence, their past actions are irrelevant

October 5, 2020
Bathsheba mourning Uriah

Hebrew Bible | Biblical narratives | slavery | culture wars

Imagining History without Heroes and Villains

What the Hebrew Bible can teach Americans about reckoning with the fallenness of our nation's founders

September 14, 2020
hypocrisy

protests | #blacklivesmatter | George Floyd

The Hypocrisy Juke

Responding when people say “protest this, not that”

July 7, 2020