Sightings Articles

Two men in suit jackets and glasses facing each other

Theology | Philosophy | Bridge-Building

Encountering Marion: Notes from a Conversation with David Tracy

Next week's conference in honor of Jean-Luc Marion prompts reflection on the French scholar's career.

October 27, 2022
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Evangelicalism | racism | morality | tribalism

Moral Indignation and Reflections on Evangelicalism

The embrace of Herschel Walker by Georgia's white evangelicals reveals the betrayal of values once publicly espoused.

October 20, 2022
Black graduation caps and the backs of multiple heads

higher education | Economics | humanities

(Not) Doing It for the Money

The American educational system and religion are more closely tied to economics than is readily acknowledged.

October 13, 2022
Ukrainian blue and yellow flag next to American flag

Western ideals | Polarization | Religious-secular divide

Religion, Democracy, and the Infinite Work of "the West"

In response to the crisis in Ukraine, the "West" is reaffirming its sense of identity and purpose with a newfound passion and urgency.

October 7, 2022
Four surgeons in blue gowns around an operating table.

Organ Donation | Ultra-Orthodox Jews | religious ethics

The Paradox of Organ Donations among Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel

In Israel, religion may help win the battle against organ shortage.

September 29, 2022
Jagged rows of blue and black TV noise dots form a dizzying pattern

distraction | Technology | secularism

Attention, Please

A culture of distraction may detract from religiosity and lead to lazy secularism.

September 22, 2022
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Evangelicalism | Christian Nationalism | global Christianity

A Global Perspective on American Evangelical Politics

White American evangelical Trumpism is a lot more white and more American than it is evangelical.

September 13, 2022
celebration with colorful dust

religious affiliation | religious ethics | syncretism

What is Religious Appropriation and Why Does it Matter?

Accusations of cultural appropriation are increasingly common. But as a religious ethicist, I am not sure that is a good thing.

September 9, 2022
Image, made available by the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, shows students at a Presbyterian boarding school in Sitka, Alaska in the summer of 1883. (Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia via AP)

Native Americans | colonialism | Pope Francis

Reckoning with Re-education: Christianity’s Role in Native American Boarding Schools

American Christians must reckon with colonial history and cooperate with US government's “Road to Healing" initiative.

July 6, 2022
brown jackson swear in

religious identity | U.S. Supreme Court | American religion

Weary (and Wary) of Decisions, Opinions, and Polemics? Religious Wisdom Would Like a Word

Religion that is prescribed by a privileged few to control the lives of the many obfuscates human dignity, limits and cheapens life abundant, substitutes the trivial for the transcendent, and elevates a cruel justice that cannot admit its need for mercy.

July 1, 2022