Sightings Articles

Bruderhof | Plough Quarterly | Reformation

Did the Anabaptist Reformers “Win”?

Editor's Note: Those in the Chicago area are invited to join the Divinity School today at 4:30 pm in Swift Hall's third-floor lecture room for "Just Reaction: Religion, Ethics, and the Nuclear Age," part of a series of events reflecting on the 75th a...

November 27, 2017

John Calvin | Martin Luther | Reformation

Calvin, for a Change

Recovering, as many of us will and must, from massive doses of Lutherana—after media, scholars, and the pious both among them and beyond their range are doing following October 31 observances—we at Sightings do our scanning of headlines, twisting of ...

November 13, 2017

global Christianity | global South | Lutherans | Martin Luther | Protestant Reformation | Protestants | Reformation

Luther Goes Global

This week most Lutherans, many Protestants, and not a few “general public” participants will turn the page from observances of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Some church figures—pastors, choir directors, tour leaders, etc.—confess...

November 6, 2017

Martin Luther | Max Scheler | Pope John Paul II | Reformation | repentance

Repent!

Last Monday the Sightings editor republished a “classic” column from a previous century, specifically from 1999. What was I doing that kept me from writing and presenting a fresh item? One answer could be: I was sinning, so I would have something tha...

October 30, 2017

Catholics | global Christianity | Lutherans | Protestants | Reformation

Reformation Jostlings

On this day, 499 years ago, a friar proposed 95 theses for debate and “posted” them (in today’s world and words), meaning he mailed them to his superior, the Archbishop of Mainz, and/or nailed them to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Wh...

October 31, 2016

Martin Luther | Reformation | Pope Francis | sanctity of negotiations | healthy realism | Jesus | Pope Benedict XVI | Pope Saint John Paul | Pope Leo X

Heresy and Popes

Popes have been interested in heresy and heretics for centuries, and language linking “papacy” and “heresy” continues to prosper down into our own day. The language root of “heresy” connects with “to choose,” and the heretic is someone who, in the ...

June 13, 2016

Bruce Lincoln | Anthony Yu | Charlie Hebdo | #JeSuisCharlie | Islam | iconoclasm | blasphemy | secularism | Talal Asad | egalite | fraternite | Reformation | Enlightenment

A Reply to Jean-Luc Marion’s “After ‘Charlie Hebdo,’ Islam Must Critique Itself” -- Bruce Lincoln and Anthony C. Yu

Our University of Chicago colleague, Jean-Luc Marion, Andrew Thomas Greely and Grace McNichols Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies, wrote a passionate response to the horrific attacks in Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris this past January (see Sight...

February 12, 2015