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Reflections on Religion in Public Life
Brett Colasacco
Foreword by Willemien Otten
Introduction by W. Clark Gilpin

PAPERBACK; Published: 1/24/2019
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7665-2
Price: $ 26.99
296 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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For the past twenty years, Martin Marty and the editors of Sightings, a digital publication of the University of Chicago Divinity School’s Martin Marty Center, have published informed, accessible, and witty commentary on religion in current events. Featuring more than seventy authors—including Marty himself, Eboo Patel, and Krista Tippett—this book collects one hundred of the best essays that originally appeared in Sightings.

Religion in public life fluctuates in temperature, but in the last twenty years, the religious climate has produced some harsh and extreme conditions that make the need for public discussion and understanding of religion more vital than ever. In this volume writers intelligently engage and elucidate many critical trends, issues, and practices of faith in our pluralistic world. Rich food for thought awaits readers here.

Grant Wacker
— Duke Divinity School
“This collection of one hundred Sightings, crafted by a wide variety scholars, journalists, and pastors, is rather like the proverbial bag of potato chips. Once started, you can’t quit until you have consumed them all. One needs a host of adjectives in order to capture the richness of the offering: lively, lucid, funny, quotable, perceptive, provocative, memorable, and, very often, poignant. Many of the individual essays are worth the price of the book. One third come from Marty’s own hand. They yield a ‘sighting’ of how one of the great minds of Christian history has performed the hard work of spotting and making sense of the extraordinary complexity of contemporary religious trends.”