Sightings Articles

A white person dressed in black sitting in a black chair against a teal and white backdrop

Decolonization | hope | Media | imagination

The Sandman and Decolonializing Hope

The critically acclaimed Netflix show The Sandman addresses the transformational power of hope and imagination.

November 29, 2022
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Antisemitism | Judaism | Religion and Literature

Misdiagnosing Jewish Loyalty

In literature and social media, people have written about Jews to draw boundaries between "in" and "out."

November 17, 2022
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Evangelicalism | politics | Media

Religion, Politics, and Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Fall from Grace

Hulu's new documentary about the Falwell family sheds light on entanglements of religion and politics and has important implications for the current moment.

November 11, 2022
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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
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Theology | Philosophy | Bridge-Building

Encountering Marion: Notes from a Conversation with David Tracy

Next week's conference in honor of Jean-Luc Marion prompts reflection on the French scholar's career.

October 27, 2022
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Evangelicalism | racism | morality | tribalism

Moral Indignation and Reflections on Evangelicalism

The embrace of Herschel Walker by Georgia's white evangelicals reveals the betrayal of values once publicly espoused.

October 20, 2022
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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
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Western ideals | Polarization | Religious-secular divide

Religion, Democracy, and the Infinite Work of "the West"

In response to the crisis in Ukraine, the "West" is reaffirming its sense of identity and purpose with a newfound passion and urgency.

October 7, 2022
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Organ Donation | Ultra-Orthodox Jews | religious ethics

The Paradox of Organ Donations among Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel

In Israel, religion may help win the battle against organ shortage.

September 29, 2022
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distraction | Technology | secularism

Attention, Please

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

September 22, 2022