Sightings Articles

Riots

political religion | white supremacy | study of religion

Is This America?

A distinction may bring some clarity to disagreements about the meaning of the Capitol riots

February 1, 2021
coptic crosses

Coptic Orthodoxy | Martyrdom | Religious persecution | Islam

The American Politics of Coptic Martyrdom

Coptic Christian immigrants embracing conservatism navigate the intersection between race and religion

January 28, 2021
manuscript

political religion | Augustine of Hippo | politics

We Hold These Truths

An Augustinian meditation on the communal dispositions required for democracy

January 25, 2021
christ apothecary

science vs. religion | Coronavirus | Martin Luther | John Calvin

Science and Religion in Times of Plague

Calvin and Luther warn against the simplistic assumption that religious liberty is opposed to medical expertise

January 21, 2021
Sanitation Workers March

Civil Rights | white supremacy | political religion

Of Memphis and Washington

White Supremacy's desecration of sacred spaces, in 1968 and today

January 18, 2021
marchers

Hebrew Bible | political religion | Evangelicalism | Christian Right

A Biblical Attack on the Capitol?

The alternative facts and faulty exegesis behind Evangelicals' "Biblical worldview."

January 14, 2021
Sibelius

music | politics | fascism | Donald Trump

Symphonic Politics, Sibelius, and the Immanent Messiah

Our country cannot afford to wait for a miracle. The music of Jean Sibelius teaches us what the alternatives might look like.

January 11, 2021
Warnock speaking at Ebenezer Baptist

Black Church | political religion | social justice

Georgia's Senate Elections and the Life of the Black Church

Senator-elect Warnock's victory shows that the institution that led the fight for civil rights has just as much vitality as ever

January 7, 2021
Scheherazade and the Sultan

Qur'an | Coronavirus | Religion and Literature

Relief After Misfortune

A centuries-old Islamic literary genre may still offer consolation today

January 4, 2021
holiday birb

Happy Holidays from Sightings

We will be going on hiatus till the new year

December 17, 2020