Sightings Articles

Evangelicalism | fundamentalism | apocalyptic theology | Donald Trump

Tangled in Apocalyptic Thought

President Donald Trump had a historic day on August 21, 2019. In less than twenty-four hours, he was declared “like the King of Israel” by conservative commentator (and Jewish convert to Christianity) Wayne Allen Root, and declared himself, in an ent...

September 2, 2019

fundamentalism | Fundamentalism Project | interfaith dialogue | Islam | philanthropy | R. Scott Appleby | University of Notre Dame

Not Wishy-Washy

“Watered-down,” “characterless,” “irresolute,” “sapless,” “bland,” “namby-pamby,” and “diluted,” are some synonyms for “wishy-washy,” a word some critics say I use too often when I write about or discuss what is unproductive in interfaith (and other ...

March 27, 2017

fundamentalism | social issues | culture wars | John Kerry | peace-making | religious freedom | stewardship of the earth | human good | community-building

Religion in Global Affairs

When in the 1980s Scott Appleby and I were first chartered to deal with one particular public expression of religion, the complex of militant fundamentalisms, we were confronted with a global scene for which we were not prepared. We soon found out al...

May 2, 2016

Orthodoxy | Holy and Great Council | ethnophyletism | autocephalous | diaspora | Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople | Orthodox Primates | fundamentalism

Fate of Orthodox Christianity's Great and Holy Council Hangs in the Balance

During the meeting of Christian Orthodox Primates (heads of local Orthodox churches), which begins today in Switzerland, the participants will show the world whether the unity of the Orthodox Church is more important than their particular agendas.  ...

January 21, 2016

culture wars | David Brooks | Benedict Option | Christian conservatives | fundamentalism

Culture Wars About Culture Wars

“The Next Culture War,” a New York Times op-ed (June 30) by David Brooks, set off one of the high-level debates of this summer, and will be in the news for some time to come.   Brooks models a civil approach to controversy in his Friday night, on-c...

July 20, 2015

Charlie Hebdo | satire | Islam | religious intolerance | David Lerner | Tikkun | Western democracy | fundamentalism | Moody Bible Institute

Blasphemy and Freedom -- Martin E. Marty

The Charlie Hebdo incident: we cannot not sight it and refrain from all comment. It would be redundant to revisit here the obvious aspects of the incident. Thus, obviously, the murderers at the office of the French satirical magazine were simply e...

January 12, 2015

Jodi Picoult | religious freedom | separation of church and state | fundamentalism | Muslim brotherhood | Gush Emunim | US Constitution

Religion Unites and Divides -- Martin E. Marty

“ISIS CRISIS.” . . . “EBOLA CRISIS” . . . “ECONOMIC WORRIES” . . . Headlines about these and others point to realities which often have religious dimensions. One of them is posed in a featured interview with Jodi Picoult, the novelist author of Leavi...

October 20, 2014