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In Short Measures Life May Perfect Be

By David Barr

As I go back and forth teaching my current classes on biomedical and…

February 15, 2024
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Smart Sightings | The Religious Experience of Mark Rothko

By Emily D. Crews

“Smart Sightings” is a new partnership between the Marty Center and…

February 8, 2024
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Smart Sightings | Caught Between Text and Image

By Erin Galgay Walsh

“Smart Sightings” is a new partnership between the Marty Center and…

February 1, 2024
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Samson in Gaza

By Brian Britt

The biblical story of Samson (Judges 13–16) and its reception provide…

January 25, 2024
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The Long Road to Iowa

By William Schultz

On Monday, Donald Trump won an overwhelming victory in the Iowa…

January 17, 2024
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Witnessing Genocide

By Alireza Doostdar

Wael Dahdouh stood on a rooftop in Gaza, facing the camera. Behind…

January 11, 2024
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Smart Sightings | Unfurling Color: Sam Gilliam's "Rim"

By Kristine A. Culp

“Smart Sightings” is a new partnership between the Marty Center and…

December 28, 2023
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René Girard and the True Meaning of Christmas

By Russell P. Johnson

This Christmas marks what would have been the one hundredth birthday…

December 19, 2023
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Through the eyes, ears, and keyboards of a diverse group of writers, Sightings displays a kaleidoscope of religious activity: a reflection of how religious currents are shaping and being shaped in the world.

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