Sightings Articles

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Revival | Evangelicalism | Media

What’s So Special about the Asbury Revivals?

Even moments that seem most sacred, amid revival, have the potential to reinscribe the racially and politically profane....

February 23, 2023
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Super Bowl | Evangelism | Media

He Gets Us? The Religious-Political Machine Behind the Surprising Super Bowl Ad

A 2023 Super Bowl ad campaign offers a new twist on the longstanding Evangelical effort to employ the tools of mass media....

February 16, 2023
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morality | bearing witness | violence

Should We Watch Videos of Racialized Police Violence?

If we choose to watch depictions of brutality, we must do so keenly aware of the moral costs, benefits, and risks. ...

February 9, 2023
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ethics | integrity | George Santos

Lies, Damned Lies, and George Santos

Dismissing Santos' lies endangers truth, accountability, and democracy....

January 27, 2023
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Islam | Academic Freedom | Hamline University

Freedom, Tradition, and Precarity at Hamline University

It’s not either/or at Hamline; it’s both/and....

January 19, 2023
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Martin Luther King Jr. | Nonviolence | Vigil

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Unfinished Work of Nonviolence

More than ever, Martin Luther King Jr.'s insistent critiques of the insidious and progressive nature of violence are relevant to our contemporary moment....

January 12, 2023
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Catholicism | Pope Benedict XVI | Pope Francis

Papal Fallibility

Commentary prompted by the recent death of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI unsurprisingly indexes the usual binaries of sensationalized speculation. ...

January 4, 2023
Football fan waves South Korean flag in front of packed stadium at the World Cup 2022

World Cup | Loyalty | tolerance

Loyalty and the World Cup

Observing loyalty to loyalty at the World Cup invites us to reevaluate our public life....

December 15, 2022
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Evangelicalism | Protestantism | ecumenism

Protestants and American National Destiny

In the latter half of the 20th century, conservative evangelical churches flourished by providing a safe harbor for white Americans who wanted to be counted as Christian while avoiding challenges that mainline leaders insisted must be faced....

December 8, 2022
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Decolonization | hope | Media | imagination

The Sandman and Decolonializing Hope

The critically acclaimed Netflix show The Sandman addresses the transformational power of hope and imagination....

November 29, 2022