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

Evangelicalism | Sports

How Evangelicalism is Shaping College Football

Considering Evangelicalism's role in shaping the economy of college football.

September 26, 2019

politics | American exceptionalism | Evangelicalism

On Gods and Kings

How are we to “sight” the always intricate, sometimes chaotic, and too often hidden relationship between religious convictions and political order? More often than not it requires piecing together a jigsaw puzzle with hints from hither and yon, in bo...

January 28, 2019

missionary | Evangelicalism

John Allen Chau’s Evangelical Errors

As a theologian who has done fieldwork in conflict zones and written on risk, my first response upon reading about John Allen Chau’s death at the hands of the Sentinelese people was anger. I do not want to squelch the anger, which seems to me to be r...

December 6, 2018

Evangelicalism | faith

Jimmy Carter (and Hope) in the News

“True evangelical hope,” a headline in the current (May 23) Christian Century, drew and held my attention this week. It signaled an interview by Elizabeth Palmer with President Jimmy Carter. They got right to the point of “evangelical” issues and con...

May 14, 2018

Evangelicalism | Evangelicals

Evangelical Identity Crises

The champion among contenders for a “crisis” of experience and identity these years is American evangelicalism, which was born from the crises of the eighteenth century, and has been part of the Protestant package ever since. Polls, the press, and fo...

February 19, 2018

Christianity | Evangelicalism | Protestantism

In Search of a Rectification of Names

After eighty years, the college fellowship that I attended as an undergraduate at Princeton has altered its name. “Princeton Evangelical Fellowship” is gone, replaced by “Princeton Christian Fellowship.” I was not surprised or annoyed. The original t...

October 26, 2017

conservatism | criticism | Enlightenment | Evangelicalism | liberalism | methodology | study of religion

In Defense of the Liberal in the Study of Religion

Editor's note: In observance of the holidays, Sightings will be off next week. We wish to thank all those who have contributed, read, shared, and responded to our columns this past year. See you in 2017!   In the aftermath of the U.S. president...

December 22, 2016

campus ministry | Evangelicalism | InterVarsity Christian Fellowship | LGBT rights | spiritual abuse

InterVarsity Blues

The world of Evangelical higher education keeps making news. Wheaton College in Illinois recently dealt with a flap over a faculty member’s theological comments about Christianity and Islam. She is no longer at Wheaton. And last week, the InterVarsit...

October 17, 2016

Christian Right | Donald Trump | Evangelicalism | Republican Party | Tea Party

Is Trump an Outsider Candidate?

Editor's note. This is the second in a series of essays on the Trump phenomenon—or "Trumpism," if such a thing can be defined—and what it reveals about the relationship between religion and politics in America today. Be sure to check out the previous...

September 29, 2016