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Recent Writings (since 1998)

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Education, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation about Religion’s Role in our Shared Life. With Jonathan Moore. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Martin Luther. Part of the Penguin Lives Series. New York: Penguin, 2004.

Politics, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation about Religion’s Role in Our Shared Life. With Jonathan Moore. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

The Protestant Voice in American Pluralism. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 2004.

The Promise of Grace. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004.

Speaking of Trust: Conversing with Martin Luther about the Sermon on the Mount. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2003

Vision of Utopia. With Edward Rothstein and Herbert Muschamp. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

When True Simplicity Is Gained: Finding Spiritual Clarity in a Complex World. With Micah Marty. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1998.

Chapters in Books

“1965: Marching Forward and Back” in Chicago Sun-Times Twentieth-Century Chicago: 100 Years, 100 Voices, Adrienne Dell, 142-43. Chicago: Sports Publishing Company, 1999.

Articles in Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart Band 2, C-E Tuebingen, Germany: J C B Mohr Sieck, 1999.

“Articles of War, Articles of Peace: Christianity and Culture” in Christ and Culture in Dialogue, Angus Menuge, 56-67. St. Louis: Concordia, 1999.

“Conclusion” in Religious Fundamentalism in Developing Countries, Santosh C. Saha and Thomas K. Carr, 201-206. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2001.

Contributions to The Lectionary Commentary, volumes 1 and 2, Roger E. Van Harm, ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001.

“Denominations Near Century’s End” in Seeking Understanding: The Stob Lectures 1986 to 1998, 163-190. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001.

“Eight Approaches toward Understanding Public Religion and Politics in America” in Politics, Religion, and the American Experience, Edith Blumhofer, ed., 1-15. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 2001.

“Epilogue” in Suffer the Little Children: Urban Violence and Sacred Space, Kay A. Read and Isabel L. Wollaston, 187-193. Birmingham: Birmingham University Press, 2001.

“Equipoise” in Consuming Desires: Consumption, Culture, and the Pursuit of Happiness, Roger Rosenblatt, ed., 173-192. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, Shearwater Books, 1999.

“The Eternal Why” in Upper Room Disciplines 1998, 313-320. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 1993.

“Faith Matters” in Religion in American Public Life, Daniel A. Sharp, ed., 15-38. New York: Norton, 2001.

“Four Ways of Worship in a Time of National Trauma” in Strike Terror No More, John L. Berquist, 172-76. St. Louis: Chalice, 2002.

“Fundamentalism as a Precursor to Violence” in Religion and Violence, Religion and Peace: Essays from the Center of Christian-Jewish Understanding Conference Auschwitz, Poland, May 1998, Joseph H. Ehrenkranz and David L. Coppola, 59-78. Fairfield, Conn.: Sacred Heart University Press, 2000.

“The Future of No Future: Frameworks of Interpretation,” in Volume 3: Apocalypticism in the Modern Period and the Contemporary Age of The Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism, 461-485. New York: Continuum, 2000.

“Half a Life in Religious Studies: Confessions of an ‘Historical Historian’” in The Craft of Religious Studies, Jon R. Stone, ed., 151-174. New York: Palgrave, 2000.

“A Mainline Christian Response” in Genesis and the Millennium by Billy Moyers, Derek H. Davis, ed., 51-56. Waco, Tex.: Dawson/Baylor, 2000.

“The Near Presence” in The Journey Beckons, Marty Ellen Ashcroft and Holly Bridges, 159. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 2000.

“The Need for Spiritual Moorings” in Spiritual Questions for the Twenty-First Century: Essays in Honor of Joan D. Chittester, 45-48. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 2001.

“Protestant Christianity in the World and in America” in World Religions in America: An Introduction, 2000 edition, Jacob Neusner, 24-47. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2000.

“Protestantism” in World Book Encyclopedia Yearbook for 2000 (349-50), 2001 (345-46), 2002 (353-54). Chicago: World Book, 2000, 2001, 2002.

“The Relevance of Niebuhrian Irony” in Beauty for Ashes: Spiritual Reflections on the Attack on America, John Farina, ed., 163-165. New York: Crossroads, 2002.

“Special Comments” 100 Voices: Words That Shaped Our Souls, Wisdom to Guide Our Future, Anne Christian Buchanan and Debra K. Klingsporn. Bloomington, Minn.: Front Porch Books, 1999.

“The the Public and the Public’s Publics” in The Power of Religious Publics, William H. Swatos Jr. and James K. Wellman Jr., 1-18. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.

“Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika in Katja Fiedler und Ekkehard Starke” in Evangelisches Kirchenlexikon. Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1999.

“Who Is Jesus Christ for Us Today? As Asked by Young People” in Growing Up Postmodern: Imitating Christ in the Age of “Whatever,” Kenda Creasy Dean, 21-36. Princeton: Institute for Youth Ministry, 1999.

“The Widening Gyres of Religion and Law” in Law and Religion: A Critical Anthology, Stephen M. Feldman, 24-34. New York: New York University Press, 2000.

Forewords in Books by Other Authors

Bouma-Prediger, Steven and Peter Baker, Evocations of Grace: The Writings of Joseph Sittler on Ecology, Theology and Ethics. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000.

Bouman, Stephen P. From the Parish for the Life of the World. New York: American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 2001.

Boyd, Malcolm. Simple Grace: A Mentor’s Guide to Growing Older. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster/John Knox, 2002.

Brown, Alan, and Andrew Langley. What I Believe: A Young Person’s Guide to the Religions of the World. Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook.

Davis, Dena S., and Laurie Zoloth. Notes from a Narrow Ridge: Religion and Bioethics. Hagerstown, Md.: University Publishing Group, 1999.

Duran, Khalid. Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Islam for Jews. New York: KTAV, 2001.

Evan Kaplan, Dana. Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Goldstein, Niles Elliott. Spiritual Manifestos: Visions for Religious Life in America.
Woodstock, Vt: Skylight Paths, 1999.

Loew, Ralph W. This Faith Tremendous. Express Press, 1998.

Lueking, F. Dean. Let’s Talk Marriage: A Guide for Couples Preparing to Marry. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2001.

Myers, David G. The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty. New Haven, Conn.: Yale, 2000.

Niebuhr, H. Richard. Christ and Culture. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2002.

Parrott, Bob W. Albert C. Outler: Biography. Anderson, Ind.: Bristol Books, 1999.

Running with Jesus: The Prayers of Malcolm Boyd. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2000.

Schultz, William F. Making the Manifesto: The Birth of Religious Humanism. Boston: Skinner, 2002.

Schultze, Quentin J. Communicating for Life: Christian Stewardship in Community and Media. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2000.

Sensmeier, Randall. Teach Our Hearts to Sing Your Praise. Chicago: GIA, 2001.

Short, Robert L. The Gospel According to Peanuts. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2000 (new edition).

Todd, Mary. Authority Vested: A Story of Identity and Change in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000.

Witte, John Jr. and Richard C. Martin, ed. Sharing the Book: Religious Perspectives on the Rights and Wrongs of Proselytism. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1999.

O’Gorman, Bob and Mary Faulkner, ed. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Catholicism. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2000.

Witte, John Jr. Law and Protestantism. Cambridge: Cambridge, 2002.

Introductions to Books by Other Authors

“New Introduction and Afterword” in The Confessions of Saint Augustine. New York: Signet, 2001.

“Introduction: Faith Matters” in Religion in American Public Life: Living with Our Deepest Differences. American Assembly Books. Azizah Y. Al-Hibri, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Charles C. Haynes. New York: W. W. Norton and American Assembly of Columbia University Press, 2001.

“Introduction: Proselytizers and Proselytizees on the Sharp Arete of Modernity” in Sharing the Book: Religious Perspectives on the Rights and Wrongs of Proselytism. John Witte Jr. and Richard C. Martin, ed. New York: Orbis, 1999.


“After O’Connor, an O’Connor Is Needed.” Newsday (5 May 2000): A5.

“Along Our Way.” Park Ridge Center Bulletin (January/February 2002): 15.

“America at Prayer.” Update Partners for Sacred Places (Fall 2001): 7.

“America Joins the Human Race.” Ideas: National Humanities Center (2002): 35-36.

“The American Way of Belief.” Chicago Sun-Times (23 April 2000): 37A.

“Awe and the Power of the Generous One.” GIA Quarterly (Summer, 1999): 20-21.

“Beats Me: Reflections on the Gilpin Decade in the Deanship.” Criterion (Volume 30:1): 5-7

“Bridging the Gap.” The Park Ridge Center Bulletin (November-December 1999): 15.

“Bound by Belief” on Falwell and Lieberman. New York Times (15 August 2000): A27.

“The Cathedral in an Interfaith Age.” Cathedral Age (Summer 1999): 14-16

“A Charge to Liberal Religion as the Century Turns.” Speech at Meadville/Lombard in 1995, published in 1999-2000.

“Changing Our Focus.” Park Ridge Center Bulletin (November/December 2001): 15.

“Christianity and Literature: Covertly Public, Overtly Private.” Christianity and Literature (Spring 1998): 261-284.

“The Congregation as Public, in Public, among Publics.” Congregations (July/August 2002): 23-25.

“The Conscience of a Pentecostal” (Ashcroft). Los Angeles Times Opinion (28 January 2001): 1, 2.

“Constantine’s Sword Lacerates a Christian Tenet.” Boston Globe Viewpoints (14 February 2001): 36.

“Contradiction, Freedom, Risk: A College of the Church at the Millennial Turn.” St. Olaf (Fall, 1999): 10-12.

“A Conversation with Martin Marty.” World Vision Envision (Canadian; Fall 2000): 10-11.

“Editors Note.” Second Opinion. (Issues September 1999-April 2002): 7-10.

“Ethical Questions Concerning the Global Market.” Discernment (Winter 2002): 6-7.

“Ethics in the Real World.” Park Ridge Center Bulletin (July/August 2001): 15.

“Faith and Families.” Family Ministry (Spring 2002): 11-15.

“Fervor and Caution in the Market World.” Lutheran Brotherhood Bond (January/February 2002): 7

“Focus on Judaism.” Park Ridge Center Bulletin (March/April 2000): 15.

“Framing Illness and Healing.” Park Ridge Center Bulletin (March/April 2001): 115.

“From Job to Vocation.” Park Ridge Center Bulletin (September/October 2001): 15.

“Fundamentalism’s Many Faces.” FP: Foreign Policy (January/February 2002): 16-23.

“The ‘God Forbid’ Wing.” The Park Ridge Center Bulletin (September/October 1999): 15.

“Good-bye Mr. Edison.” The Park Ridge Center Bulletin (January/February 2000): 15.

“Health and Justice.” The Park Ridge Center Bulletin (July/August 2000): 15.

“Health and Justice.” The Park Ridge Center Bulletin (September/October 2000): 15.

“Horizons, Encounters, and Reconsiderations.” The Park Ridge Center Bulletin (January/February 2001): 15.

“How Awesome a Calling.” Cathedral Age (Spring 2000): 20.

“How the Millennium Can Raise Us Up.” Catholic Digest (Winter 2000): 68-73.

“I Bin Laden Hanno Un Futuro.” Global Summario (La Stampa, Februario 2002): 26-31.

“Inevitable Connections.” SSA Magazine (March 22:21). From “Sightings.”

“Imagining Futures of the Rural Churches in America.” The Scene: Humanities Iowa (Summer 1999): 2-3.

“Irony and Elian.” The Christian Science Monitor (12 April 2000): 9.

“Is It Possible to Get Along with Fundamentalists.” Witness Magazine (December 2001): 18-23.

“Jerald C. Brauer Memorial.” Criterion (No. 1, 2000): 20-23.

“The Killer That Heals, the Healer that Kills.” Religion on the Global Scene (Mortenson Library 2001).

“Lieberman Debate Is Good for Us.” The Dallas Morning News (19 August 2000): 4G.

“Locating Jay P. Dolan.” U. S. Catholic Historian (Winter 2001): 99-108.

“The Logic of Fundamentalism.” Boston College (Fall 2001): 44-46.

“The Long Road to Reconciliation.” Newsweek (27 March 2000): 61.

“The Mixed ‘Blessings’ of Technology.” CLU Magazine (Fall 2001): 30.

“Mother Church Scolds the Family.” MSNBC Opinions (9 September 2000): 1-6

“My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?” U. S. Catholic (April 2001): 20-21.“Nation Breaks in Two:1965.” Chicago Sun-Times (26 November 1999): 12. (Reprinted in Chicago Sun-Times Twentieth-Century Chicago: 100 Years, 100 Voices.)

“Patient Preserve.” Park Ridge Center Bulletin (May/June 2001): 15.

“Phundamentalismos.” Greek Version of FP: Foreign Policy (Martios 2002): 12-19.

“Pluralism and Civility.” Speaking of Values (Skirball Institute, Spring 2002): 1-2

“Polygamy Takes on ‘Christian’ Civilization.” Chicago Tribune (22 May 2001). Reprinted from “Sightings.”

“Program Notes on St. Matthew’s Passion.” Music of the Baroque (May 2001): 23-26.

“Politics, Christianly.” The Lutheran (October 2000): 12-14

“Religion and Politics.” The Annals (November 2000): 156-57.

“Religion Is a Public Affair during Presidential Campaigns.” Beliefnet (8/11 August 2000): 1-2.

“Religion Has the Power to Kill or Heal.” The Chautauquan Daily (August 4, 2000): 6

“Religion in America: An Interfaith Perspective” and “Faith and Medicine: The Protestant Perspective.” Complementary Medicine and Spirituality (Johns Hopkins, May 2002).

“Religion, Politics, and Morality: The Road to Responsibility.” The National Press Club (16 September 1998).

“Religious Freedom’s Contagion.” CAFF Council for America’s First Freedom (July 2002): 7-8.

“Religious Passion.” Tikkun (March/April 2002): 19-22.

“Revising the Map of American Religion.” The Annals (July 1998): 13-27.

“Rome and Relativism.” Commonweal (20 October 2000): 12.

“Seeking Hope in a Time of National Trauma.” Worship Leader (November/December 2001): 24-26.

“Sir John Templeton: Bridging Two Worlds.” John Templeton Foundation (2002): 34-39. Reprinted from Second Opinion.

“Stand of the Faithful.” Trust (Fall 1999): 10-11.

“Then and Now: U. S. Lutheranism at the Beginning and End of the Twentieth Century.” The Lutheran (January 2000): 34-37.

“Thriving Faiths Rub Shoulders with New, Old.” Chicago Tribune (August 13, 2):11.

“To Quicken, Arouse, and Inspire.” Sojourners (January/February 2001): 30.

“A Tribute to Mark Krupnick.” Criterion (41:2): 5-6.

“Understanding Fundamentalism.” The Lutheran (May 2002): 18-20.

“A Waking Vision.” Park Ridge Center Bulletin (May/June 2000): 15.

“We Gather Apart, We Disperse Together: Congregations as Publics.” The Alban Institute: 19-22.

“We Have Made a Difference: Christianity Has Produced, etc.” The Lutheran (April 2000): 15-17.

“What If We Believe Everything A Little Bit?” Spirituality and Health (Summer 2000): 37-38.


Atlas of American Religion by William M. Newman and Peter L. Halvorson, in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, September 2001: 566-67.

“Fire and Ice–Early Pentecostalism,” review of Heaven Below by Grant Wacker, in Evangelical Studies Bulletin, Fall 2001: 1-4.

Fit, Trances, and Visions by Ann Taves, in Journal of Social History, Winter 2000: 492-494.

God’s Perfect Child by Caroline Fraser, in Books: The Boston Sunday Globe, 5 September 1999: 1ff.

Inventing the Great Awakening by Frank Lambert, in The Washington Times, 13 June 1999.

Myths in Stone by Jeffrey Meyer, in Washington History, Fall/Winter 2001/02: 89-90.

The New Historical Atlas of American Religion by Edwin Scott Gaustad and Philip L. Barlow, in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, December: 754-56.

The Reform of the Papacy by John R. Quinn, in Commonweal, 28 January 2000: 22-23.


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