Sightings Articles

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political partisanship | Christian Nationalism | Roe v. Wade | Southern Baptist sexual abuse scandal | Federalist Society | U.S. Supreme Court

Partisanship in Religion and Politics

Many lament the obliteration of bipartisan politics: too few acknowledge it as a casualty of the idea that America is a "Christian nation".

May 25, 2022
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Russian War on Ukraine | Sacred music | Pessimism

Songs In Dark Times

When marked by piety and ambiguity, songs can fill a void in our dark times. Perhaps it is time to sing again...

May 18, 2022
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feminism | Film | women

Getting Serious about Legally Blonde

The 2001 comedy shatters expectations about what makes a good heroine

May 9, 2022
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Israeli Apartheid in Palestine | Palestinians | Israel | Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) | United Church of Christ | Global Ministries | Episcopal Church | American Friends Service Committee | Presbyterian Church (USA) | United Nations

Is Israel Practicing Apartheid? American Churches Join the Conversation

A public debate is growing about the State of Israel’s more than fifty-year occupation of Palestinian territory: American Christian organizations are joining the conversation.

May 5, 2022
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Film | Evangelicalism | AAPI Inclusion

Evangelical Critics Are Turning Red

Outrage over a recent children's film illustrates the narrowness of evangelicalism and the experiences it has failed to understand.

April 22, 2022
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Easter | Passover | Ramadan

Rare Convergences and Sacred Calendars

The convergence of sacred calendars, rare as it is, should help marshal the will of believers in these traditions to live fully into human time fearlessly seeking reconciliation among their traditions even as these calendars offer the violent and death-riddled cultures a different setting of life.

April 20, 2022

Baptist Christianity | structural racism | Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday Politics in Georgia: Punting on Historical Reckoning

As Sen. Raphael Warnock seeks reelection this year in Georgia, the Baptist minister might find a key group working against him—fellow pastors.

April 12, 2022

Franz Bibfeldt | Martin Marty | Academic Humor

The Return of Franz Bibfeldt

Bibfeldt’s return invites us to remember that there is an essential place for the occasional fit of laughter in even the most scholarly house.

April 6, 2022
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Russian War on Ukraine | Ukraine | Hebrew Bible

On Kinship, Collective Memory, and Ukraine

The developing, collective memory of Ukraine’s recent history, with the short stories and images that encapsulate and promote it, is unlikely to be suppressed or soon forgotten.

March 29, 2022
Photos: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the site of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) / Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963.(AP Photo)

Russian War on Ukraine | democracy | Martin Luther King Jr.

Why Believe in Democracy? What Martin Luther King Jr. and Volodymyr Zelensky Have to Teach Us

Why is democracy a good thing? Is it? Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s appeal to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helps us understand what it takes to answer this question.

March 29, 2022