Sightings Articles

Martin Luther King Jr. | contested humanity | Ethel Lance | Emanuel AME Church | Alexander Stephens | Louis Farrakhan | Gaspar Yanga | Cheryl Townsend Gilkes | James Baldwin | Rituals | forgiveness

Martin Luther King Jr. "Nonviolence Is the Sword That Heals

“I forgive you.” At the hearing for Dylann Roof, the daughter of Ethel Lance, one of the people Roof killed, told him: “I will never talk to her ever again, never be able to hold her again. I forgive you and have mercy on your soul. You hurt me, y...

January 14, 2016

Emanuel AME Church | Charleston | Bible study | Dylann Roof | Manifesto of Hate | Confederate flag | Hannah Arendt | natality | civil society | forgiveness | mercy | Gospels | Noah

The Bedrock of Civil Society? Mercy in the Face of Death

Death stalks the schools, cinemas, and churches of America. Not a day passes without some report of a madman killing innocent people and then turning his weapon on himself or cowardly fleeing the scene of the suffering he has sown.   Most of the ti...

July 9, 2015

Marilynne Robinson | Lila | Homecoming | Gilead | redemption | suffering | forgiveness | Christianly | John Calvin | Jonathan Edwards | Moses

Marilynne Robinson's "Lila" -- Martin E. Marty

“If you could create a phenomenology of consciousness, some part of it would be the systematic falsification of the foundations of our culture.” After that sentence in literary-critic-ese, Novelist Marilynne Robinson next said to interviewer Wyatt Ma...

October 13, 2014