Sightings Articles

Red "Make America Great Again" baseball cap rests on an open Bible; a blurry map of the United States is visible in the background.

Donald Trump | Evangelicalism | politics

The Long Road to Iowa

Neatly dividing "political evangelicals" from "religious evangelicals" is an impossible task....

January 17, 2024
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Evangelicalism | politics | American exceptionalism

Donald Trump and the Exceptions of American Evangelicalism

Evangelicals see themselves as exceptional in both respects: as not typical of American society as it currently is governed by loathsome elites, and as surpassing that society in virtue. ...

October 13, 2023
Man standing at podium in Rockefeller Chapel

politics | Cornel West | Prophecy

The Prophetic and the Pragmatic in Cornel West

Using the language of prophecy and vocation to describe West’s campaign raises some interesting questions—not only about West but about what it means to be prophetic....

June 9, 2023
Book in flames against dark background

education | literacy | politics

Banning Books; Banning Brains

Neglect of commitments to education has profound social and political implications....

March 2, 2023
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Evangelicalism | politics | Media

Religion, Politics, and Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Fall from Grace

Hulu's new documentary about the Falwell family sheds light on entanglements of religion and politics and has important implications for the current moment....

November 11, 2022
vax protesting healthcare workers

COVID-19 | health care | politics | religious exemption

The Great Defiance: Religious Objections and Vaccine Mandates

Vaccination defiance among healthcare workers reveals much about how many Americans think about themselves and their faith....

February 23, 2022
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democracy | politics | right-wing

Extremism and Defense of Democracy

If we focus on policing acceptable political ideas via the state, we do more to undermine democracy than to secure it....

December 2, 2021
seder plate

Passover | politics | Media | Coronavirus

Time, Plague, and Politics at Passover

A new administration, a new pace for the news cycle, and a very old truth...

March 29, 2021
Trump

political religion | politics | polls | Evangelicals

Why White Evangelicals Stuck with Trump

What polling data tells us about why White Evangelical support for Trump was undiminished in the 2020 election...

February 11, 2021
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political religion | Augustine of Hippo | politics

We Hold These Truths

An Augustinian meditation on the communal dispositions required for democracy...

January 25, 2021