Christianity | worship | secularism

Sunday Is ...

Are traditional holy days still something more than just any other day?

January 13, 2020

art | art history | enchantment | Max Weber | modernism | modernity | secularism | secularity

Religious Art Discovered Alive!

No “-scope,” either “micro-“ or “tele-,” was needed last week for us to sight an article written “as if” for Sightings, so bold was its headline, so appropriate to be appropriated by this column on “religion in public life,” given our focus on art an...

January 30, 2017

commercialism | cremation | funerals | pluralism | saints | secularism

Saints Displaced and Replaced

Saints are getting pushed around these years, if they are not being forgotten. Jews may not share the Christian belief in the Resurrection and the afterlife of saints, but few faith communities have done more to honor their dead, especially those who...

November 7, 2016

burkini | France | Muslims | secularism | women

A Crisis of Faith in Laïcité

A few weeks ago in late August, a woman was napping on a crowded beach in Nice when a group of police officers approached and ordered her to remove her shirt. In a striking sequence of photos, a photographer for AFP captured the scene (see Gillman, e...

September 15, 2016

altruism | secularism | kindness | atheists

Religious Children More Ungenerous?

“Crisis-talk,” including talk about religious crises, dominates media and discourse currently. Terrorism. Migration. Economies. Morality. These and others are big-screen topics, but they reflect the small accumulating evidences. Pandit Nehru obser...

November 23, 2015

Martin Marty | Roman Catholicism | American Latinos | Pentecostalism | Central America | South America | secularism | American religious complex

Catholic Hispanics Defect

“Firing Up America” could refer to any number of incendiary subjects, and the cover illustration on The Economist (March 14) doesn’t help much in sorting: it shows an American flag whose stripes are strung-together red peppers. The subtitle alerts re...

March 23, 2015

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

Jean-Luc Marion | Charlie Hebdo | Islam | French society | secularism | laicite

After the "Charlie Hebdo" Massacre: Islam Must Open Itself To Critique -- Jean-Luc Marion

This article was originally published in French in Le Point. It was translated by Myriam Renaud. France is at war; we can no longer doubt that this is the case. But this war has at least three fronts.   The first front is obvious: an act of war ...

January 29, 2015