Sightings Articles

Baby Yoda

pop culture | science fiction

Religion and Isolation in The Mandalorian

Baby Yoda, helmets, and a mysterious tradition serve as a lens for understanding our current state of estrangement.

December 7, 2020

science fiction

Treating the Divine in Science Fiction

Editor's Note: This is the fourth and final installment in our series on religion and science fiction. Be sure to read the three previous issues in this series: Audrey Thompson's "'Cross'-examining the Biblical Witness in War for the Planet of the Ap...

March 15, 2018

science fiction

Parable of the Times

Editor’s Note: This is the third article in our continuing series on religion and science fiction (both terms capaciously defined). Read the first two pieces in this series—Audrey Thompson’s “‘Cross’-examining the Biblical Witness in War for the Plan...

January 25, 2018

artificial intelligence | science fiction

Deus ex Machina

Editor's Note: This is the second essay in our series on relationships between religion and science fiction. Read the first issue, Audrey Thompson's "'Cross'-examining the Biblical Witness in War for the Planet of the Apes," and look for more in the ...

November 9, 2017

Bible | Christianity | Holy War | political religion | science fiction

“Cross”-examining the Biblical Witness in War for the Planet of the Apes

Editor's Note: With today's issue, Sightings launches a new thematic series on the relationships between religion and science fiction—both terms broadly understood. Our first installment in this series comes from returning Sightings contributor Audre...

October 19, 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