Sightings Articles

Dante addressing Nicholas III

Medieval Christianity | church leadership | politics | sin

The Road to Hell: Dantes Inferno and the Undermining of Trust

A late-medieval view of institutional sin...

November 2, 2020

clergy | Pope Francis | Roman Catholicism | sexual abuse | sin

Really Big Sins

“This sounds like a flip answer,” said Lutheran Pastor Jan Erickson-Pearson, “but why does [clerical sexual abuse] still happen? Sin.” That was in 2002, but headlines still on occasion use the same three-letter theological word to explain the phenome...

October 8, 2018

Augustine of Hippo | Martin Luther | sin | Technology

Social Media and Sin

Facebook has come under fire of late for its actions (or inaction) surrounding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But the problems with the social media network, and other platforms like it, run much deeper. Indeed, Sean ...

April 5, 2018

slavery | sin | guilt | evil | Jesuits | penance | teaching moment | Max Scheler


In a comment to one of the many blog posts about a controversy concerning Georgetown University’s past with slavery, we read: “I did not enslave anyone. I did not profit from slavery.” Such an abrupt dismissal of the moral issues is alienating, but t...

June 6, 2016

Eric Metaxas | eroticism | sin | Jehovah's Witness | Seventh-Day Adventist |

Pornography and Prince

“Pornography” had been the planned Sightings topic today, thanks to a column in Christian Headlines (April 20) by best-selling author and radio broadcaster Eric Metaxas. He celebrated the fact that “wonder of wonders, America’s leading news sources” ...

April 25, 2016

adultery | Evangelicals | hypocrisy | sin | hacking | Golden Rule

Ashley Madison

Back from the annual hiatus or sabbatical or goof-off time when Sightings wasn’t sighting religion-and-public life, we confront enormous backlogs on-line and printouts on-file: so much has happened. Let’s single out a much-noticed topic: “the Ashley ...

September 7, 2015