The Christian Century

Founded on January 4, 1900, The Christian Century is a biweekly magazine published by The Christian Century. Its subject is religion. The Rev. John M. Buchanan is Editor and Publisher and David Heim is Executive Editor.

Articles from Vol. 110, No. 19, June 16

A Good Trade? Pros and Cons of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) (Column)
INTERNATIONAL trade and the policies that govern it are critical factors both in overcoming hunger and poverty in less-developed countries and in providing jobs for U.S. workers. People of good will disagree, however, about the overall costs and benefits...
Capital Punishment Opposed
Families of murder victims are undertaking a two-week Journey of Hope to oppose the death penalty, leading rallies and educational events in more than 20 Midwestern cities and towns. The Journey of Hope started in the Chicago area on June 4 and will...
Court Rulings on Religion
THE U.S. Supreme Court in several recent rulings has given attention to the perpetually contested borders between church and state. Acting in the midst of the public high school graduation season, the court has handed a partial, and perhaps only temporary,...
Elective Affinities: A Heliotropic Journey
THOMAS MERTON once noted that the logic of the poet "develops the way an organism grows: it spreads out toward what it loves, and is heliotropic, like a plant." That image of personal development--of turning toward the source of light--made sense to...
Galactic Consistency
Detail is the word for a close-up element of a larger picture. One side of a two-page spread in an art book might reproduce, say, an enormous and busy picture by someone like Breughel. The facing page might show one feature of the work, greatly magnified,...
Hearing the Questions
ELLIS PETERS'S recent novel about the exploits of Brother Cadfael, 12th-century sleuth, describes a heated dispute over the resting place for the bones of St. Winifred. Rival Benedictine houses at Shrewsbury and Ramsey, as well as Earl Robert Beaumont,...
Moderate Baptists Adopt Constitution
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, an organization of Southern Baptist moderates, formalized its structure by adopting a constitution and bylaws at the closing session of a meeting in May in Birmingham, Alabama. Former President Jimmy Carter, a Southern...
PCUSA Defers Decision on Gay Clergy
One of the first actions taken by delegates at the 1993 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Orlando, Florida, was to elect one of the denomination's youngest moderators ever--one who has spent his entire ministry in Alaska. David...
Southern Battles: Seminary Confrontations
I LEFT Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville last year after 16 years because fundamentalists who had taken control over the school's board of trustees were, I believe, threatening freedom of scholarship at the school. The conflict between...
Two Visions of Church and Economy in a Postsocialist World
CHRISTIAN SOCIAL THOUGHT has evolved into a rich and irreducible pluralism (some would say cacophony) of voices. This is nowhere more evident than in ethical reflection on economic life. The recent, nearly global collapse of socialism signals a new...
What Is NAFTA? Economics and the New World Order
THE NORTH AMERICAN Free Trade Agreement is being praised by some as a solution to our economic problems and criticized by others as a plot by employers to replace American workers with cheap Mexican labor. The specific effects of NAFTA lie in the details...