Sightings Articles

Black man in blue postal uniform with hat and white man in beige jacket standing in a crowd, with a large red bow behind them

Christmas | Mimetic Rivalry | René Girard | Competition

René Girard and the True Meaning of Christmas

“What’s all this violence? It’s Christmas…”...

December 19, 2023
Abandoned building with crumbling gray cement exterior, looking out from inside

Structural Violence | Social Injustice | Media

Structural Violence in the Headlines

Focusing only on direct violence obscures other, potentially more harmful, social injustices....

November 21, 2023
Man standing at podium in Rockefeller Chapel

politics | Cornel West | Prophecy

The Prophetic and the Pragmatic in Cornel West

Using the language of prophecy and vocation to describe West’s campaign raises some interesting questions—not only about West but about what it means to be prophetic....

June 9, 2023
Green glowing light saber held by white man with long hair wearing dark robe

Star Wars | Daoism | Film

This is the Way: Daoist Themes in Star Wars

Return of the Jedi resonates with themes, ideas, and symbolism from real-world religious traditions....

May 3, 2023
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ChatGPT | artificial intelligence | education

On ChatGPT: A Letter to My Students

The rapid development of AI-generated content has led to something of a crisis in higher education. ...

April 6, 2023
Man in suit facing backward with his hand raised in oath

ethics | integrity | George Santos

Lies, Damned Lies, and George Santos

Dismissing Santos' lies endangers truth, accountability, and democracy....

January 27, 2023
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Halloween | Rituals | Symbolism

Mary Douglas and the Ritual of Halloween

Halloween typifies the kinds of symbolic rituals present in our fragmented experience of modern life....

October 31, 2022
Jagged rows of blue and black TV noise dots form a dizzying pattern

distraction | Technology | secularism

Attention, Please

A culture of distraction may detract from religiosity and lead to lazy secularism....

September 22, 2022
empty classroom with chairs

gun violence | gun legislation | political partisanship

Thoughts and Prayers

As inhabitants of the only country in the world where school shootings are routine, the American faithful must not pray for serenity, but for courage....

June 8, 2022
legally blonde elle woods

feminism | Film | women

Getting Serious about Legally Blonde

The 2001 comedy shatters expectations about what makes a good heroine...

May 9, 2022