Sightings Articles

Cold Cave live in Paris 2018

music | pop culture | religio-secular culture | Religion and Literature

Secular Music in Seven Lessons

Darkwave artist Cold Cave's recent album, "Fate in Seven Lessons," sheds light on the complexities of popular culture's interaction with religion

June 24, 2021
Dr. Manette

Religion and Literature | university life | study of religion | Students | Coronavirus

A Tale of Two Classrooms: Impressions of an Academic Year

Even in extraordinary times, Dickens reminds us to exercise caution around superlatives

June 21, 2021
Steppenwolf

Religion and Literature | pop culture | Thomas Aquinas | evil

The Moral Emptiness of Zack Snyder's Justice League

Understanding what makes a movie villain compelling (or not), with a little help from Thomas Aquinas

May 3, 2021
Walden Revisited

Religion and Literature | america | social justice

Thoreau's Ethics of Delight

Walden's religious quest for justice in a life of simple pleasures

March 11, 2021
books

Religion and Literature | American Civil War | Myth

The Mythology and Mythologies of the Great American Novel

The roots and dangers of the quest for America's literary masterpiece

February 15, 2021
Scheherazade and the Sultan

Qur'an | Coronavirus | Religion and Literature

Relief After Misfortune

A centuries-old Islamic literary genre may still offer consolation today

January 4, 2021
fleabag

Religion and Literature | Film | Catholicism | pop culture

When a Vow Turns Out to be... a Vow: ‘Fleabag’

Exploring religion's leading role in the hit television series “Fleabag”

April 20, 2020
Nurses

Coronavirus | Religion and Literature | Jewish philosophy

Love, Obligation, and Possibilities in the Time of COVID-19

Even in this season of prescribed social distancing, hope for our future emerges from our bonds with one another

March 30, 2020
isolation

Coronavirus | health care | Religion and Literature

The Coronavirus and Us

Exploring the "ultimate dimensions" of COVID-19 as Americans prepare themselves for a season of quarantine and isolation

March 16, 2020
novel

Religion and Literature

American Graphic

Graphic novels, the national narratives we tell, and the role religion plays (and doesn't) in them

February 17, 2020