Sightings Articles

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Civil Religion | Russian War on Ukraine | Russia | Ukraine

Ukraine: Religion In Plain Sight?

When gods and kings are too closely aligned, religion becomes an engine of discord and war.

March 24, 2022

COVID-19 | COVID-19 Lockdown | interfaith dialogue | sermons

COVID Sermons with WBEZ Chicago

In partnership with WBEZ Chicago, the Martin Marty Center is proud to present "COVID Sermons" where religious leaders from around the city reflect on the relevance of their tradition for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic on the second anniversary of the initial lock-down.

March 18, 2022

religious freedom | Protestant Reformation | Christianity

The Affair of the Sausages and Religious Freedom

Five hundred years ago today, some Swiss people ate sausages. This was a major event in the history of Christianity.

March 8, 2022

Judaism | hallucinogenics | new religious movements

The Birth of “Pharmaco-Hasidism”

Young Jews are eager to employ hallucinogenics in their practice: they may be connecting to a tradition they think they've left behind.

March 3, 2022
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COVID-19 | health care | politics | religious exemption

The Great Defiance: Religious Objections and Vaccine Mandates

Vaccination defiance among healthcare workers reveals much about how many Americans think about themselves and their faith.

February 23, 2022
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art | Religion and Literature | prophets

The Christian Who Was a Church of One

In a world that seems to me to offer precious little of the mantle of prophecy, I offer you William Blake.

February 17, 2022
comedy fo errors

political partisanship | American public | liberalism

Our Comedy of Errors?

Hapless, misinformed, and zealous, we are living in a comedy of errors, and possibly a deadly one.

February 10, 2022
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evangelical Christians | Catholic Church | Christian Right

Are Vaccine Exemptions Actually Religious?

Large-scale vaccine skepticism is a new phenomenon, but is it a religious phenomenon?

February 4, 2022

Books & Culture | liberalism | higher education

Faustian Bargains

The Great Books, Religion, and “Higher Education”

January 28, 2022
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Islamophobia | fundamentalism | Christian Right | Muslims | 9/11

Midnight Mass and the Spectre of Terror

A generation has grown up under the shadow of post-9/11 preoccupation with Islam and Muslims: Midnight Mass presents something far more interesting

January 21, 2022