Martin Marty: Sightings

Too many liberals in the liberal arts?

By Martin E. Marty — May 21, 2018

Sightings on Mondays is conceived of as being politically nonpartisan, so it is rare to feature the words “Republican” and “Democrat” as we do this week.

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Apologies to Native people

By Martin E. Marty — April 30, 2018

…most of us here in the U.S. do not track many kinds of Canadian stories, though the plight of the Indigenous there or anywhere demands and deserves regular attention.

Our Latino neighbors

By Martin E. Marty — April 23, 2018

We seem to have settled for separate “churches” based on peoplehood, and take this for granted.

The pope, his critics and theirs

By Martin E. Marty — April 17, 2018

The Church has always included many kinds of interests and factions, and a prime task for historians and social chroniclers is to assess their power and intentions.

In moving to embrace change, Mormons remind others what true commitment looks like

By Martin E. Marty — April 9, 2018

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

By Martin E. Marty — April 2, 2018

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

By Martin E. Marty — March 26, 2018

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

By Martin E. Marty — March 19, 2018

When young people awaken to a cause, many ordinarily passive and apathetic people get roused.

Catholicism down in Ireland, but some see hope

By Martin E. Marty — March 12, 2018

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.

The three Hebrew words that describe our times

By Martin E. Marty — March 5, 2018

In the faint light that interrupts the darkness of our chaos we not only look to the young, but also daily read reports of the spreading of light among the caring and often cared-for aged among us.

How a theologian from the past can help us confront our ‘cultural disintegration’

By Martin E. Marty — February 26, 2018

“Cultural disintegration” is a useful description of what commentators and publics consistently witness these years. Left and right, liberal and conservative, male and female (etc.), old and young, all observe and chronicle the signs of it.

American evangelicalism is experiencing an identity crisis

By Delta Systems — February 19, 2018

The champion among contenders for a “crisis” of experience and identity these years is American evangelicalism, which was born from the crises of the eighteenth century, and has been part of the Protestant package ever since.

Why must ‘faith’ and ‘Enlightenment’ be seen as contradictions of each other?

By Martin E. Marty — February 12, 2018

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.”

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