Sightings Articles

ecumenism | Paul Ramsey | Public Church | Social Gospel | Stanley Hauerwas | United Methodists

Meanwhile, United Methodists...

Editor's note: Sightings will be taking a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll be back Thursday, December 1st! Give us Sightings folks a headline with the phrase “Public Church” in it, and we are poised to follow through. The Center fro...

November 21, 2016

Lutherans | Catholics | justification | ecumenism

Justification

Last week, while the sports-loving public watched timed Olympic events, viewers relearned the values of timing, measuring, and scorekeeping. Some races were decided by 1/100th of a second margins. The substantially smaller, microscopically observable...

August 22, 2016

Fundamentalism Project | R. Scott Appleby | Brexit | European Union | elites | dissenters | Harold Isaacs | Idols of the Tribe | immigration | Pope Francis | Armenia | Turkey | ecumenism | interfaith movements

Convulsive Ingatherings

The text for our mid-year, mid-decade Sightings has been with us from the beginnings of The Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Science, which R. Scott Appleby and I co-directed decades ago. Its words addressed discontents and ...

June 27, 2016

Hans Küng | Pope Francis | Catholic Church | First Vatican Council | ecumenism | Holy Spirit | ecclesiology | magisterial system

Infallibility: Time To Find Another Term for This Doctrine?

In March of this year, the Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Küng wrote an open letter to Pope Francis asking the pontiff to allow “a free, unprejudiced and open-ended discussion in our church of all the unresolved and suppressed questions connected wit...

June 2, 2016

American church | Philip J. Hefner | Sidney E. Mead | Paul Tillich | Dietrich Bonhoeffer | religionless Christianity | James M. Gustafson | Joseph Haroutunian | Leigh R. Jordahl | ecumenism | interfaith | secularity

Futures Projected

Let’s step back this week from the overdoses of religion-in-public-life evidences which are candidates for Sightings these seasons and look for some perspective by using the rear-view mirror provided by historians, theologians, and ethicists. Recentl...

March 14, 2016