coronavirus

South Korea

Infectious Religion

Religion and its surprising-but-not-unprecedented role in the spread of the coronavirus

February 24, 2020
Roberts

politics | Civil Religion

Who—or What—is Above the Law?

The presence and absence of religion in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump

January 23, 2020
Xmas

Christmas

Everything’s on Sale: Appropriations of Religion

A sighting of the unseen forces of religion at work during the holidays and what they tell us about this age

December 23, 2019
2GA

Great Awakening | Second Great Awakening | nones | Millennials

The Great American Slumber?

Are we experiencing the opposite of a “Great Awakening” in the U.S. today?

November 25, 2019
Amish

politics | democracy

Shunning Religion

Prof. William Schweiker reflects on recent attempts to politicize the Amish and the implications for religion in the U.S.

October 28, 2019
Trump

democracy | Donald Trump | religious ethics

Sharpiegate, or the Origins and Ends of Democracy

What does #Sharpiegate teach us about the place of religion in the future, or the end, of democracy?

September 23, 2019

politics | American exceptionalism | Evangelicalism

On Gods and Kings

How are we to “sight” the always intricate, sometimes chaotic, and too often hidden relationship between religious convictions and political order? More often than not it requires piecing together a jigsaw puzzle with hints from hither and yon, in bo...

January 28, 2019

Christmas | War on Christmas | Myth | religious ethics

A Season of Myths, Part Two

Ed. Note: Sightings will be on “holiday hiatus” until Monday, January 7. We would like to thank our readers and contributors for their continued support and engagement this past year, and we look forward to bringing you more of the very best commenta...

December 24, 2018

Thanksgiving | American religion | Native Americans

A Season of Myths

“Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves.”  -Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols (Götzendämmerung) This past week people in the USA entered the “season of myths” that runs from Thanksgiving through various religious holi...

November 26, 2018

public theology

Mute Religion

The title “Sightings” might lead readers to imagine that these columns are solely interested in visual appearances of religions, say, placards at protests, in the cinema or theater, and so forth. But today we ponder the auditory “appearance” of relig...

October 22, 2018