I have published extensively in magazines and newspapers, including both major articles as well as shorter opinion and op-ed pieces. Some examples of this writing include:


The Serbs Are Not the Bad Guys, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 14, 1995


Anniversary of Terror, Los Angeles Daily News April 14, 1996.


Sex and the Church, Tidings (Los Angeles), May 3, 1996, 21.


When The Wolf Finally Comes, Tidings, June 14, 1996, 26.


Filling in the Bible’s Blanks, Tidings (Los Angeles), July 11, 1997, 22.


Out of Africa, Dallas Morning News, April 8, 2000.


Stranger Than Fiction, in, July 2001, online at


Bringing the Loathsome to Light, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 1, 2002: B16.


What About Saddam? State College magazine, November 2001, 24-27.


The Myth of the Pedophile Priest, Pittsburgh Post Gazette March 3, 2002, online at 

*Reprinted: This article was widely reprinted in dozens of newspapers and other publications across the US.


The Catholic Church's Culture Clash, Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2002.

*Reprinted: This article was reprinted in Society, 40(3)(2003): 8-9.


A New Christendom, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 29, 2002: B7-10, online at


Celibacy For Beginners, Washington Post, March 31, 2002, B3.


Growing the Flock, Boston Globe, June 23, 2002, E1.


A New Religious America, First Things, August-September 2002: 25-28.

*Reprinted: This article was reprinted in John Wilson, ed., The Best Christian Writing 2004 (Jossey-Bass, 2003), 61-69.


The Next Christianity, Atlantic Monthly, October 2002: 53-68, at and see also

*This article was nominated for a National Magazine Award.

It has also been widely excerpted and summarized in various magazines in North America and Europe. See for example:

Occidente Attento! Arriva La Nuova Cristianita, Sette (supplement to Corriere Della Sera, Milan) October 24, 2002: 108-12;

Die Zweite Reformation, in Rheinischer Merkur, March 6, 2003.

 Das Christentum Wird im 21 Jahrhundert Die Welt Prägen, Chrismon, August 2003: 36-37.

Das Nächste Christentum, Reformierte Presse (Zürich) August 2003: 7-9.

Die Gegenreformation Hat Längst Begonnen, Der Überblick, September 2003: 80-84.


The New Iron Curtain, American Outlook, Fall 2002: 25-30.


Nigeria as a Global Trouble Spot, Globalist, December 2002, at 


The Next Christendom Fredericksburg Freelance Star, December 29, 2002.


Behind a Municipal Resolution Supporting Civil Liberties, Centre Daily Times, January 18, 2003..


Cut Child Porn Link to Abusers, Guardian (London) January 23, 2003.


Striking First, Centre Daily Times, March 15, 2003.


Some Prejudices Are More Equal Than Others, Catalyst, May 2003: 8-9.


Catholicism Final Target for Bashers, Arizona Republic, June 15, 2003.


Did You Know That The Middle East’s Radicals Used To Be Christians? History News Network, August 2003, online at


Pope Has Transformed The World, Dallas Morning News, October 16, 2003.


Gospel Truth? Dallas Morning News, November 2, 2003.


Defender of the Faith, Atlantic Monthly, November, 2003: 46-49.


Now, Think About The Age Of Consent, Dallas Morning News, March 7, 2004.


Gibson’s Atonement, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 14, 2004.


Still Saddam? State College magazine, May 2004, 44-45.


On Native Grounds, Boston Globe, September 26, 2004.


The Anti-Museum, Christian Century, February 8, 2005: 25-29.


Delikate Warnungen: Papst und Kirche aus Sicht des Südens, Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 5, 2005.

*This article was reprinted in the Tages-Anzeiger (Zürich), as Das Herz der Kirche Schlägt im Süden (April 8).


Be Separate From Them, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 16, 2005.


Cult Classics, Atlantic Monthly, April 2006: 117.


All Gospels Are Not Created Equal, Beliefnet, April 2006, online at


The Defeat of Liberalism, Kommersant (Moscow) Jun 2, 2006, online at\daily\2006\098\11007286.htm


Liberating Word, Christian Century, July 11, 2006: 22-27.

*This article was reprinted in Philip Zaleski, ed., The Best American Spiritual Writing 2007 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007): 167-175.


Believing in the Global South, First Things, December 2006: 12-18:


Das Entstehen Eines Neues Christentums, Forum Weltkirche (Germany), Jan-Feb. 2007: 13-18.


Who is Harry Sylvester? First Things, March 2007: 17-21.


Europe’s Christian Comeback, Foreign Policy, June 2007, online at

This article also appeared in Dutch translation, in Reformatorisch Dagblad, June 22, 2007, at


Looking for a Few Good Muslims, July 2007, at; also appeared on Huffingtonpost, at


America's Cult Culture, in Mysteries of History: Secret Societies, US News and World Report Collector's Edition (2007), 60-63. (Adapted from my book Mystics and Messiahs).


Dialogue with Miranda Hassett on The Anglican Communion in Crisis: OUP blog, at and


PBS and Historical Objectivity, New Republic blog, August 2007


Neuer Wein in alten Bräuchen: Die erstaunlich religiöse Zukunft Europas, Süddeutsche Zeitung, October 1, 2007.


Economics as Eugenics, First Things, October 2007: 13-15.


Unholy Communion, New Republic, October 8, 2007: 14-17.


The Stillborn Modernization, Cato Unbound, October 2007


Infertile Crescent, New Republic, November 5, 2007: 10-13.


The Heresy That Wouldn’t Die, Christian History and Biography, Fall 2007: 33-35.


Burning at the Stake, New Republic, December 10, 2007: 14-15.

*This article was reprinted in Lester Faigley and Jack Selzer eds., Good Reasons with Contemporary Arguments (Pearson Longman, 2009): 343-345.


Apocalyptic Politics, Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2008.


Auch bei Muslimen kommen Kinder aus der Mode, Welt am Sonntag, January 27, 2008.


Homegrown Terrorism, Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2008.

*This article was reprinted in other newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, March 23, 2008.


Wie der Westen die Muslime islamisiert, Welt am Sonntag, May 24, 2008.


Long-Lost Christians, Christian Century, November 4, 2008: 22-26

(excerpted from my book The Lost History of Christianity).


Is Europe Trying to Build a Fundamentalist Islam? website, November 2008.


When Jesus Met Buddha, Boston Globe, Ideas section, December 14, 2008.


Clerical Terror, New Republic, December 24, 2008: 7-9.


Recovering Church History: Exile from Babylon, Christianity Today, December 31, 2008.


Mystical Power, Boston Globe, Ideas section, January 25, 2009.


The Devil’s Publicist, Foreign Policy, February 4, 2009.


Back to Jerusalem,, February 12, 2009


Dark Passages, Boston Globe, Ideas section, March 8, 2009.

*This article was reprinted in the Iran Times International, May 1, 2009.


Unenthusiastic about Enthusiasm, Christian History, March 2009, at


The Forgotten Christian World, History Today, April 2009: 32-39.


Their Separate Ways, Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2009.


Die Macho-Reformation, Rheinischer Merkur, July 30, 2009


Iraq, il Dramma dei Cristiani Dimenticati, Il Riformista (Rome) September 8, 2009


In Search of Lost Christian Worlds, in Mysteries of Faith, US News and World Report Special issue, 2009: 22-29 (Excerpted from my book Lost History of Christianity)


Esuli da Babilonia: Lamento per le Chiese d’Oriente, Vita e Pensiero (Milan), July-August 2009: 17-21


Passion of Pope Victor, National Interest, January-February 2010, 62-72


Fighting Words, Christian Century, March 23, 2010: 22-25


How The Jesus Wars Tore The Christian World Apart, Bible Interpretation, April 2010.


Any Faith Can Become Violent, USA Today, April 19, 2010, also reprinted at


Gone South, New Republic, April 29, 2010.


How Serious is the 'Predator Priest' Problem? USA Today, June 7, 2010.


Hoe het christendom uit het Midden-Oosten verdween, Volkskrant (Netherlands), December 24, 2010.


How the King James Bible Changed the World, Baylor Magazine, Summer 2011: 26-32.


Cristianesimo e Islam nel Mondo Globale, Vita e Pensiero (Milan), September 2011: 8-14


9/11: Did the Qur’an Really Make Them Do It? Debate with R. Scott Appleby, September 2011.


What To Do About Violent Biblical Texts? Huffington Post, February 2012.


How We Became Obsessed With Cults, Wall Street Journal, September 7, 2012


The Two Marys, News and Pews, December 2012


Euro Skepticism: Why Benedict XVI Tried, And Failed, To Evangelize Europe, New Republic, February 13, 2013.


Waco's Assault on Religious Toleration, Wall Street Journal, February 22, 2013.


Waco in Red and Blue, Christian Century, May 15, 2013: 28-31


The Pope From Beyond the Seas, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 2013.


Nord Africa e Mezzaluna: Demografia in Crisi, Vita e Pensiero (Milan), May-June 2013: 45-48


A Front Row Seat to African Faith, Christianity Today, September 2013: 80-81


 Trying to Teach Globally, Baptist Standard, November 11, 2013


Holy War in the Crimea, Christianity Today, March 2014, at

Reprinted as “Kvestie de Krim Heeft Diepe Religieuze Wortels,” in Nederlands Dagblad, March 20, 2014


Of Faith and Film, Baptist Standard March 28, 2014


Was the Great War a Holy War? On Faith, April 2014


The Last Crusade: The First World War and the Birth of Modern Islam, ABC Religion and Ethics, June 2014


The Fall of Mosul,, June 2014

This piece appeared in Spanish, as Lo que hay detrás de la caída de Mosul

It also appeared in Romanian as Cucerirea orașului Mosul.


ISIS Could Regret Caliphate, USA Today, July 6, 2014


Why the Caliphate Will Devour Its Children, Daily Beast, July 11, 2014


Leaving Nineveh, Christian Century August 5, 2014: 10-11


Priest Under Threat, (film review) Christian Century, September 4, 2014


On the Edge of Extinction, Christianity Today, November 2014: 36-42


A Long View of History and Religious Extremism, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, November 2014


Holy Terror, Christian Century, April 1 2015: 28-31


The Worst Thing to Think About Jesus, Lifezette, July 2015


Cultural Genocide, Lifezette, July 2015


The Forgotten History of Mary’s Gospels, October 2015


Dead Temples vs. Living Churches,, November 2015


The Secret Gospels that Have Been Hiding in Plain Sight, History News Network, November 2015


A Most Violent Year: The World into which Jesus was Born, ABC Religion and Ethics, December 2015


Shadow of a Saint, Christian Century, May 25, 2016: 32-34


Back to Hiroshima: Why Dropping the Bomb Saved Ten Million Lives, ABC Religion and Ethics, May 2016


African Faith is Going Global, Trend, Summer 2016: 26-33


Catholicism’s Incredible Growth Story, Catholic Herald, September 9, 2016


When God is Silent, Christian Century, March 1, 2017: 44-45


200 Years That Shaped Judaism, Jesus, And All That Followed, Christian Century, October 11, 2017: 36-39.


The Catholic World Is About To Be Turned Upside Down, Catholic Herald, November 3, 2017


The Next Battle Over Monuments? It Will Be Those for the Founding Fathers, History News Network, November 2017


Why What’s Happening in the Middle East Today Seems So Familiar to This Historian, HNN Network, November 2017


What Early Christians Learned From Jews About The Afterlife, US Catholic online, January 2018. A hard copy version of this appeared as “The Afterlife Evolution,” US Catholic June 2018: 25-27


La croce e il fiore di loto, Osservatore Romano, April 26, 2018: 5. Reprinted as The Cross and the Lotus, in L’Osservatore Romano, November 2, 2018: 6-7


The Dangerous Politics of Guilt by Association, Spectator, October 28, 2018


Pennsylvania’s Dark History of Hate, Tablet Magazine, October 29, 2018


The Myth of the Transformative Election, Spectator, November 2018


How High Is Your Constitutional IQ? Spectator, January 2019


Fertility, Faith, and a Secular America? Gospel Coalition, October 2019


Food, Drink And Urban Revolutions, MIHE Blog, October 2019


Witch Ways, First Things, December 2019


How the Gender Wars of the Early 1990s Shaped the World We Know, History News Network, December 2019


10 Trends of the 2010s, Christian Century January 29, 2020: 20-23




Since 2008, I have published a monthly column in the Christian Century under the general title Notes from the Global Church


I have also written regularly for a number of other outlets, including Chronicles magazine, American Conservative,, Books and Culture, and RealClearReligion.


I blog at the Anxious Bench ( and my postings are listed here. I also contributed to the Texas Faith Blog.