hip-hop | Augustine of Hippo | Kanye West | pop culture | Media | Technology

Hip Hop and Christian Conversion Narratives

What do Kanye and Hip Hop have to do with Augustine of Hippo?

January 30, 2020

art | pop culture

Andy Warhol’s Iconicity

Exploring the religious dimensions of the exhibit, "Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again," currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago

January 27, 2020

pop culture | Japan | Shintoism

Kondo and Kuyō: Disposal as a Religious Experience?

What's religious (and what's not) about KonMari?

February 14, 2019

pop culture | Japan | Shintoism

Kondo and Kuyō: Disposal as a Religious Experience?

“Does it spark joy?”   Since the release of the 2019 Netflix documentary Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, people across the globe have been inspired to take hold of each of their possessions and consider this simple but enigmatic question. If the a...

February 14, 2019

music | pop culture

“It Is Music That Lifts Us Up from the Earth at the Very Moment of Death”: On the Transcendence of the Popular

Editor's Note: This essay is the final installment in our six-part series on religion and popular music. The previous issues were "The Broken Grace of Leonard Cohen" by Paul DeCamp (April 13); "Being Hip-Hop, Being Job, and Being" by Julian DeShazier...

September 14, 2017

Bruce Springsteen | music | pop culture | Roman Catholicism

Finding Evidence: Bruce Springsteen's Procession from Religion to Faith

Editor's Note: This is the fifth issue in our continuing series of essays on religion and popular music. For the previous installments, see "The Broken Grace of Leonard Cohen" by Paul DeCamp; "Being Hip-Hop, Being Job, and Being" by Julian "J.Kwest" ...

July 20, 2017

The Beatles | music | pop culture

“No One Was Saved”: The Beatles and Organized Religion

Editor's Note: It was 50 years ago today... the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of their most important and influential albums. This issue of Sightings—the third part in our continuing series on religion and popular music—...

June 1, 2017

#blacklivesmatter | Chance the Rapper | Chicago | hip-hop | J.Kwest | music | neferu | pop culture | rap | Southside

Being Hip-Hop, Being Job, and Being

Editor's Note: Today's issue is the second in a series of Sightings (perhaps we should say "Hearings," or "Listenings") on the manifold ways in which popular music intersects with religion. Be sure to check out the first installment, Paul DeCamp's "T...

May 4, 2017

Leonard Cohen | music | pop culture

The Broken Grace of Leonard Cohen

Editor's Note: The deaths of David Bowie, Prince, and Leonard Cohen; the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Bob Dylan; the public feud between then-President-elect Trump and the cast and creators of Hamilton; and other recent events have all served to un...

April 13, 2017

G. K. Chesterton | Gnosticism | metaphysics | moments | New Age | pop culture | science fiction

The Metaphysical Moment

Citings of Sightings, in which we sometimes indulge, can be signs of narcissism, impoverished imagination, or a lack of research in quest of fresh things to say. But sometimes quotations of earlier columns—now archived, lost in cyberspace, or almost ...

January 9, 2017