"Marty" is one of the most prominent interpreters of religion and culture today. Author of more than 50 books, he is also a speaker, columnist, pastor, and teacher, having been a professor of religious history for 35 years at the University of Chicago.
Prayer rattles Speaker Ryan, but House chaplain gets to stay in politics
Yes, padre was in politics, embodied that day in the House and being exercised continually by conscientious legislators, those who voted for them, and those who are affected by their actions. In a republic, such as ours, being “in” politics is inescapable.
In moving to embrace change, Mormons remind others what true commitment looks like
In the pressroom we used to say: “Mormons are like everyone else—only different.” Now it might be more in place to observe: “Mormons are different than everyone else—only, more and more, similar.”
Parades, peeps and paradoxes
Easter parades survive in classic Hollywood films, on the avenues near cathedrals (which paraders pass but rarely frequent), in peeps, and in song. Seldom is there a trace of connection to the religious event which prompts Easter celebrations.
Networks and public religion
If and insofar as networks are a fad or “meme” to be promoted in awe, count me out as a peddler. But I could not get over how often historians of evangelical, Catholic, mainline, and “none” company referred creatively to what they observed about networks and what these conveyed to those of us who must be alert to what goes on in the world of public religion.
The power of children protesting, from the civil rights movement to the gun violence walkouts
When young people awaken to a cause, many ordinarily passive and apathetic people get roused.
Catholicism down in Ireland, but some see hope
Readers of Sightings may be aware that we don’t favor reporting only on “declinism,” as in “decline and fall” stories. But it would be no favor to readers, or to reality itself, were we to close our eyes to stories like Maynooth’s.
Why must ‘faith’ and ‘Enlightenment’ be seen as contradictions of each other?
Most sentient humans, as individuals and in groups, find sundry ways of being, thinking, and acting. In my faith tradition we speak of the human creature as being simul iustus et peccator, “at the same time righteous and a sinner.”
N.T. Wright, David Bentley Hart and the latest tussle over biblical translation
In Christian orbits, debates over which translation one is allowed to favor have led to schisms and vicious conflicts.
On his visit to Chile, Pope Francis does something uncharacteristic … He shows that he is ‘fallible.’
This week count me in among the company of those who believe the Pope made a major mistake in dealing with one issue of priestly (including pontifical) administration: namely, a sexual abuse case.