Articles by John D. Spalding

March 7, 2008
Reading the Jesus Story
A review of Garry Wills' "What the Gospels Meant."

December 17, 2007
The First Christmas
John Dominic Crossan explains what the gospels really tell us about the birth of Jesus.

November 11, 2007
A Doubter on a Mission From God
A.J. Jacbos discusses his extreme--and extremely funny--"Year of Living Biblically."

September 5, 2007
Reshaping Religion Journalism in the 21st Century
An interview with media visionary and News21 editorial director Merrill Brown.

August 8, 2007
Protestants, Beware!
Or, Mrs. Mortimer's bad-tempered guide to religion around the world.

July 31, 2007
The Kosher King
An Elvis impersonator searches for the King's Jewish roots.

July 19, 2007
Top Ten Onion Religion Stories
The Onion has published scores of great religion pieces. Here are ten of the best.

July 12, 2007
Jane Austen Meets Jesus
The book that will make me rich and famous.

June 20, 2007
An Open Letter to Seth MacFarlane
Hey, "Family Guy" guy. Can we borrow Stewie to dump on religion?

May 16, 2007
The Video Messiah
Jerry Falwell's greatest legacy? For me, it will always be his Instutute of Biblical Studies.

March 10, 2007
God Talk
Natalie d'Arbeloff's fanciful interviews with the Almighty.

December 18, 2006
Apocalypse Then
If Jesus was wrong about the world ending 2,000 years ago, what does it mean to follow him today? An interview with Bart D. Ehrman.

October 31, 2006
The Zombie Gospel
What could the undead of George Romero's horror films teach the living about life? Plenty. A conversation with author Kim Paffenroth.

September 27, 2006
Saints Gone Wild
Some of the Church’s very best people did some very bad things. A conversation with author Thomas J. Craughwell.

August 9, 2006
Tequila Sunset
By John D. Spalding and Billy Frolick
How much booze does it take to turn a nice guy like Mel Gibson into a raging anti-Semite? Two brave writers ordered some rounds to find out.

July 25, 2006
An unlikely pilgrim finds his way across Spain.

July 11, 2006
Going Dutch
I’ve got the Amish broad-brimmed hat. But could I ever actually convert to the faith?

June 30, 2006
And Never the Twain Shall Meet
Even though he’s become an icon of that vague national religion known as Americanism, Mark Twain and patriotism were sworn enemies.

April 25, 2006
Maxim's 100th Issue
As the leading lads mag celebrates a milestone, a former contributor milks his millisecond of fame and says “thanks for the memories.”

April 15, 2006
Pictures of Jesus
Two new books attempt to bring Jesus’ world to life, with vastly different results.

March 29, 2006
The Hand of Justice
Whether Scalia flicked his fingers or flipped the bird, what would his CCD teacher say?

March 16, 2006
Superstition: The Faith We All Share
Everyone thinks superstitions are silly. But everyone seems to have one.

February 14, 2006
Are Marriages Made in Heaven, or Hell?
By John D. Spalding and Kristina Robb-Dover
Those who pray for a ýbiblically basedý marriage might want to take a closer look at Scripture.

January 19, 2006
Back to the Basics
In “The Call to Conversion,” Jim Wallis urges Christians to rethink what it means to follow Jesus.

January 2, 2006
Christian Sex
Two recent books explore age-old questions about sex and the life of faith.

December 8, 2005
Just as I Am
A wild, speeding bus can blast a soul to hell. So thank God for altar calls and instant salvation!

October 14, 2005
Too Close For Comfort
In the cell-phone age, everything you never wanted to know about everyone else is always within earshot.

September 16, 2005
John Bunyan's Reformation
By John D. Spalding and Tamara Jaffe-Notier
The 17th-century Puritan minister gets a nipple ring, a tattoo, and a new book deal. Sort of.

August 17, 2005
Oh, come on. Everyone has a “Minister I’d Like to Frisk.”

August 3, 2005
The SoMA Idolatry Quiz
Is your faith honest and genuine, or do you worship a golden calf? Answer these 10 questions to find out.

July 12, 2005
Laughing at Death
Does the fact that you're going to die ever get you down? Well, that's nothing a little spin in a pink hearse can't fix.

April 29, 2005
A Gay Rally at Focus on the Family
Don't expect James Dobson to show up at this "family picnic and protest" in Colorado Springs.

April 20, 2005
"A Humble Intellect"
Controversial German theologian Uta Ranke-Heinemann explains why she's glad her former classmate has been made pope.

April 13, 2005
The Antichrist Is Coming, the Antichrist Is Coming! To NBC, That Is.
Could the new series "Revelations" possibly be as bad as it sounds? The evidence suggests it'll be even worse.

March 28, 2005
My So-Called Bedouin Life
What if evolution is just a theory? SoMA's editor bravely followed the implications of this possibility wherever they led— and wound up living in a tent.

March 15, 2005
Baby Talk
Today's parenting books are more rough guides than how-to manuals—full of humor, shared wisdom, and heartbreak.

February 28, 2005
The Founding Evangelicals?
David Barton wants to put God back in American history. But whose God—history's or his?

December 24, 2004
Paul—Christianity's Unlikely Champion
John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed examine one of Christianity's enigmatic founders.

December 16, 2004
I'm Dreaming of a Blue Christmas
Christmas is insufferable because we expect too much. A few depressing tales would provide some balance.

December 11, 2004
In Defense of Ole
Ole Anthony exposes crooked televangelists. So why does a Republican strategist have a beef with him?

November 29, 2004
Roll Over for the Christian Right?
That's not what Jesus would do.

November 13, 2004
Ah, Boredom!
Don't dread the "noontide demon." Boredom can teach us a lot about human nature, freedom, and—just maybe—God.

Mark Ames
Peter Anderson
Gordon Atkinson
Margaret Atwood
Angela Balcita
Dan Barker
Timothy Beal
Teresa Blythe
Will Braun
Jason Byassee
John Tyler Connoley
Robert Cornwall
Roger Cox
Mary Beth Crain
David Dark
Denali Dasgupta
Gawain de Leeuw
Pam DiBona
Patton Dodd
Cathleen Falsani
John Fea
Robert Flynn
Franklin Foer
Billy Frolick
Ondine Galsworth
Becky Garrison
Eva Geertz
Stanley Hauerwas
Stephen Healey
Jennifer Michael Hecht
Adrian Hein
Tony Hendra
R. Joseph Hoffmann
Stephanie Hunt
Ranya Idliby
Robert Ingersoll
Tamara Jaffe-Notier
Simon Jones
Kathryn Joyce
John Mark Karr
Patricia Klindienst
Kenneth E. Kovacs
Scott La Counte
Michael Lerner
Amy-Jill Levine
Jemima Lewis
Rev. Barry W. Lynn
Bill Maher
Gordon Marino
Bill McGarvey
Matthew J. Milliner
Matthew Moran
David Nantais
Father David Nuss
Paul O'Donnell
Suzanne Oliver
Rich Pablum
Orhan Pamuk
Katha Pollitt
Puck Purnell
Uta Ranke-Heinemann
Mary Roach
Kristina Robb-Dover
Greg Ruehlmann
Dr. Robert Schwarz
Laura Sheahen
Dayne Sherman
Benjamin Shobert
J. Matthew Sleeth, M.D.
Laurel Snyder
John D. Spalding
John Sparks
John Shelby Spong
Phyllis Stine
Astrid Storm
Matthew Streib
Lincoln Swain
Bill Talen, a.k.a. Reverend Billy
Timothy Taylor
Chris Thron
Krista Tippett
Manya Treece
Mark Twain
Ian Urbina
Miroslav Volf
Steven Waldman
Jim Wallis
Priscilla Warner
Daniel J. Webster
Ben Westhoff
William Whitehead
Katherine E. Willis Pershey
Everett L. Worthington, Jr.
Karen Spears Zacharias
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