Sightings Articles

frieze of prophets

prophets | #blacklivesmatter | Donald Trump

Time in a Prophetic Frame

Many voices in America today claim the mantle of prophecy; the differences between them are illuminating

February 22, 2021
Sibelius

music | politics | fascism | Donald Trump

Symphonic Politics, Sibelius, and the Immanent Messiah

Our country cannot afford to wait for a miracle. The music of Jean Sibelius teaches us what the alternatives might look like.

January 11, 2021
Fuentes

Christian Right | political religion | Donald Trump

When Christ and Trump are Kings

Twin chants at a recent Trump rally shed light on the religious right's push towards nationalism

December 3, 2020
DJT

Donald Trump | Bible | George Floyd | political religion

Stop Asking What the Bible Means to the President

A historian of the bible in America reflects on what Trump’s recent photo-op in front of St. John’s Church does (and doesn’t) mean

June 8, 2020
Q

conspiracy theories | Donald Trump | political religion

Playing the Ostrich; or, How Not to Think about QAnon

American conspiracy theories and the task of the scholar of religion

May 18, 2020
Romney

Mormons | politics | Donald Trump

Scapegoating Mitt Romney

What Mitt Romney's disinvitation from CPAC 2020 tells us about the evolving role of religion in public life for the Christian Right

March 12, 2020
Suleimani

Iran | Just War | religious ethics | Donald Trump

General Suleimani, U.S. Policy, and Jus ad Vim

Why we need a better way of talking about the use of “force short of war”

January 9, 2020
EO

Donald Trump | Anti-Semitism | Judaism | politics

Free Speech in Poetry and in Prose

What the President's executive order to combat anti-Semitism teaches us about the abuse and misunderstanding of free speech

December 16, 2019
White

Donald Trump | politics | Evangelicalism | Christian Right | Pentecostalism

Paula White and the Mainstreaming of American Pentecostalism

Trump's appointment of Paula White is an indicator of shifting lines within the Christian right

November 7, 2019
Trump

Donald Trump | Civil Religion

The Blinding Idol

Daniel Owings discusses the shortcomings of idolatry imagery for understanding Donald Trump

October 17, 2019