Sightings Articles

philosophy of mind | metaphysical realism | internal realism | Jewish philosophy | Pierre Hadot | Franz Rosenzweig | Martin Buber | Emmanuel Levinas | Ludwig Wiggtenstein | God

Hilary Putnam (1926-2016): A Philosopher of Science's Late-Life Return to His Native Judaism

Students and scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines will be familiar with Hilary Putnam. Born in Chicago, in 1926, to secular-Jewish parents who championed Communism, a political cause he likewise espoused for much of his life, Putnam tur...

April 28, 2016

Larycia Hawkins | Wheaton College | hijab | ISIS | Miroslav Volf | God

Tolerance and Truth(s)

Last Thursday a front-page Chicago Tribune (Dec. 17) story by Manya Brachear Pashman and Marwa Eltagouri awakened us locals to upheavals at suburban Wheaton College, which some—I among them—call the evangelical flagship in higher education. The first...

December 21, 2015

nones | atheists | nonbelievers | American Religious Identification Survey | Pew Forum survey | universal spirit | God

Secularization in the U.S.: Overblown Or Underestimated?

Self-professed atheists are the tip of a vastly larger secular population of nonbelievers and nominal believers.   In the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), with a sample size of more than 54,000, we can get representative data even o...

November 5, 2015

Evangelicals | LGBTQ | David Gushee | Mercer University | David Bebbington | sexual diversity | Bible | God | Protestantism | Nathan Hatch

Evangelicals, LGBTQ+, and the Bible: What's (Been) Going On?

In early March, evangelical Pastor Stan Mitchell announced to his congregation, GracePoint Church in Nashville, that he fully affirmed gay members. Growing numbers of evangelical pastors in the United States are coming out in favor of full accepta...

April 16, 2015