Sightings Articles

Lincoln Proclamation

Thanksgiving | political religion | repentance

Longing for a Real Thanksgiving

This year's lonely holiday offers a chance for national repentance...

November 26, 2020

repentance | political religion | conspiracy theories

On Zealous and Unrepentant Times

A Call to Self-Reflection amidst a Dangerous Devotion...

September 28, 2020

Canada | repentance

"Kill the Indian in the Child"

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has verified reports and testimony by survivors—they do not call themselves “graduates” or “alumni”—of First Nations schools, whose mission had long been announced: “kill the Indian in the child.” Fol...

July 2, 2018

colonialism | jihad | repentance | violence

But Who's Counting?

The “Global North” is where most Sightings readers live. In his new book Crusade and Jihad (Yale, 2018), historian William R. Polk includes in this neighborhood China, Russia, Europe, Britain, and America, plus, presumably, “et cetera.” His subtitle ...

June 18, 2018

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


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

confession | repentance | Catholic Church | David Brooks | post-Vatican II

Confession Today

A mission of Sightings and the special mission assigned me here is to relate faith and faiths, as mediated by media, to public life. ...

October 12, 2015