On Religion

Mimetic Theory and the Anxiety of Scriptural Influence in the New Testament and in the Qur’an - Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the New England/Eastern Canada Regional Society of Biblical Literature at Tufts University, March 22, 2019

The Silence of Diplomacy about Religion - From Atlantic Currents 2016, the German Marshall Fund's annual report on wider Atlantic perspectives and patterns, published in December 2016.

Waiting for the Preacher - Obama’s America in World Religious Context. Remarks before the U.S Studies Centre, University of Sydney, September 2010.

An Unholy Alliance Against the Filibuster - The pope in American politics. An article derived from this one appeared in the April 27, 2005 Op Ed section of The Los Angeles Times.

Ringing the Firebell for Freedom of Religion - Keynote Address: "March of the Theocrats" Rally and Teach-In. Westwood United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, June 5, 2005.

A Portrait of the Pope as a Dying Man - The Last Days of the Parkinson’s Pope. An earlier version of this article appeared in The Los Angeles Times on April 1, 2005.

The Leisure of Worship and the Worship of Leisure - For the Conference "Faith, Fear & Indifference: Constructing Religious Identity in the Next Generation." A paper delivered on October 10-11, 2004 at the Davidson Conference Center, University of Southern California.

Interview with The Sacred Site - On the American Catholic Church. Interview formerly on the Australian Broadcast Corporation site, with Stephen Crittenden, 2001.

On Catholicism - Why I am not a Catholic (anymore). Written for Commonweal while Miles was book editor of The Los Angeles Times.

Faith, fanaticism and the environment - Faith may be indispensable in facing the ecological crisis. Unpublished work by Jack Miles. Written September 15, 1975.

The Wife of Onan and the Sons of Cain - To Abort or not to Abort. Written for National Review, August 17, 1973.

Letters to and From Michael Novak - On Catholic liberals From Commonweal, letters to the editor, April 27, 1973.