Sightings Articles

Martin Marty | politics | endurance

Chaos and Endurance

One way that the written word has evolved with the advent of online media is the addition of “Keywords” at the end or beginning of an essay. (In fact, you’ll find them at the bottom of this column!) They can help summarize the main points of an essay...

September 9, 2019

Martin Marty

A Life So Forcefully Lived

Editor’s Note: This month we are celebrating both the twentieth anniversary of the Martin Marty Center and the ninetieth birthday of Martin Marty. Marty would say that our focus ought to be on the Center, not on him, and for the most part it is. Howe...

February 22, 2018

Martin Marty

How the Rabbi Ties His Shoes

Editor’s Note: This month we are celebrating both the twentieth anniversary of the Martin Marty Center and the ninetieth birthday of Martin Marty. Marty would say that our focus ought to be on the Center, not on him, and for the most part it is. Howe...

February 15, 2018

Martin Marty

Marty, Teacher

Editor’s Note: This month we are celebrating both the twentieth anniversary of the Martin Marty Center and the ninetieth birthday of Martin Marty. Marty would say that our focus ought to be on the Center, not on him, and for the most part it is. Howe...

February 8, 2018

Martin Marty

The Great Notice-er

Editor’s Note: This month we are celebrating both the twentieth anniversary of the Martin Marty Center and the ninetieth birthday of Martin Marty. Marty would say that our focus ought to be on the Center, not on him, and for the most part it is. Howe...

February 5, 2018

Martin Marty

A Glacial Sense of Time

Editor’s Note: This month we are celebrating both the twentieth anniversary of the Martin Marty Center and the ninetieth birthday of Martin Marty. Marty would say that our focus ought to be on the Center, not on him, and for the most part it is. Howe...

February 1, 2018

Martin Marty | Philip Alcabes | curing | healing | health care | narrative medicine | Holy Week

Curing and Healing

“It is strange that healing is absent from medical discourse today. Cure, resolution, recovery, and rehabilitation retain semantic currency; you can find these words throughout the medical textbooks and professional health literature.”  But, conti...

March 30, 2015

Martin Marty | Roman Catholicism | American Latinos | Pentecostalism | Central America | South America | secularism | American religious complex

Catholic Hispanics Defect

“Firing Up America” could refer to any number of incendiary subjects, and the cover illustration on The Economist (March 14) doesn’t help much in sorting: it shows an American flag whose stripes are strung-together red peppers. The subtitle alerts re...

March 23, 2015

Martin Marty | John Marty | Martin Luther King Jr. | Selma marches | Bloody Sunday | Turnaround Tuesday | Edmund Pettus Bridge | Civil Rights | Southern Christian Leadership Conference | John Lewis | Voting Rights

Sustaining the Momentum III -- Martin E. Marty

The Jubilee of the Selma marches of 1965 attracts veterans of those marches who are now labeled "foot soldiers" in the Civil Rights experiences in the small Alabama city. (See my 2013 Sightings, “Selma: Sustaining the Momentum Still,” in “Sources” to...

March 16, 2015

Martin Marty | Walter Bruegemann | Everett Fox | Book of Joshua | James C. Howell | Amy-Jill Levine | Lost | Luke 15 | Prodigal Son

Lost in Translation -- Martin E. marty

“Religion in American (etc.) Public Life” is our rubric and we sight references to it at least weekly. So what business do we have lifting up, from a single magazine, two reviews of books about ancient Hebrew prophets and New Testament parables? What...

March 9, 2015