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. 124, No. 22, October 30

After the Surge
THE WEEKLY death tolls in Iraq have recently decreased--for four reasons: The U.S. troop "surge" has restricted the flow of explosives into Baghdad; ethnic cleansing has been completed in many areas; the Mahdi Army has suspended its attacks; and the...
Aid Pledge to Darfur 'Not Enough,' Says African Church Leader
A Christian leader in the Horn of Africa has welcomed a Sudanese government pledge of $300 million in aid for Sudan's Darfur region but said that it is insufficient and should not distract attention from the underlying causes of the conflict. "It...
Democrats for Jesus: Faith-Friendly Candidates
IN MISSISSIPPI it might not be surprising to hear a political ad on the radio in which the candidate insists that "our children should be able to learn and pray in the best schools in the land" and goes on to ask voters to "prayerfully consider me...
Domestic Front
THE VALLEY OF Elah is the legendary spot between two mountains where, according to 1 Samuel, young David slew the mighty Philistine warrior Goliath. The site is an appropriate allusion for writer-director Paul Haggis's movie about the American experience...
Dumbfounded
IN MY MIND, reductionism translates as "nothing buttery." Belief in God, for example, is seen as "nothing but" the result of certain neuron firings in the brain. Altruism, formerly seen as spiritual or religious at root, becomes "nothing but" an expression...
Episcopal Alternative Formed; Africans Urge Lambeth Be Postponed
A high-level Anglican committee based in Great Britain has reported that the Episcopal Church's bishops who met last month in New Orleans "clarified all outstanding questions" regarding its controversial stances on homosexual issues. But 11 bishops...
Growing in Grace
THE RECENT revelation that Mother Teresa of Calcutta suffered from long periods of spiritual desolation in which she felt utterly abandoned by God has--to say the least--met with a mixed response from the media. Skeptics like Christopher Hitchens took...
Hope in October
THE CHICAGO CUBS have done it again. After winning the National League's central division, they were swept aside by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 and have not even appeared in one since 1945. Cubs fans are...
Iraqi Christians Live in Fear or Flee
Nabil Comanny and his family endured the dead bodies left to decompose along the road in their southern Dora neighborhood in Baghdad. They coexisted with criminal gangs that roamed the area. Neither those perils nor utility failures and mountains of...
Kids in Combat
IN THE DECADE 1995-2005, 2 million child soldiers were killed and 6 million permanently disabled or injured in armed conflict, according to a United Nations report. Of the estimated 300,000 children (younger than 18) currently serving as soldiers in...
Kinnamon's NCC: Frugality and Fellowship
IF ECUMENICAL VETERAN Michael Kinnamon is ratified next month, as expected, to be the top executive of the National Council of Churches, look for a stylistic shift on social justice issues and appeals to member denominations to become mutually supportive....
Living by the Word: After the Storm: A Poignant Country-Western Song Expresses the Limits of Earthly Love and Hints of Something beyond It
Sunday, November 11 Job 19:23; Luke 20:27-38 WHEN I'M LISTENING to Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter sing "Storms Never Last," I wonder if I'm also hearing what Job, and even Jesus in Luke 20, would want to sing. My journey to Waylon and Jessi...
Living by the Word: Now and Then: Paul Calls Us to Hold on to Our Vision of God without Ignoring Everyday Duties
Sunday, November 18 Isaiah 65:17-25; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19 IN THE BEYOND, in the dream, on the mountaintop, in the joy made flesh--not in the flesh still longing--is where I want to dwell. I long to be in the "new heavens and a...
Low-Carbon Life: Helping Churches Go Green
CHRIS GOODALL'S BOOK How to Live a Low-Carbon Life (Earthscan, 2007) was described by New Scientist magazine as "the definitive guide to reducing your carbon footprint." Goodall, a Brit who has an MBA from Harvard Business School, works for a software...
Polls Find Shifts by Young Evangelicals
Are evangelical young adults shifting away from the Republican Party and becoming more estranged from contemporaries because of how closely evangelical Christians are linked to "antihomosexual" views? Indications that such is the case come from...
Staying Power
THE REASON I am still in the ministry is because of the night I decided to leave the ministry. It was my day off. The phone rang, and it was the chaplain at a nearby hospital. Usually we would exchange pleasantries, but all she said was, "Come to the...
Talking with the Enemy: Meeting with Iran's President Was at Least a Symbolic Gesture for Peace on the Part of Religious Leaders
WHEN PRESIDENT Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran visited Columbia University, he was introduced as a "'a petty and cruel dictator" by his host, the school's president, Lee Bollinger. When he addressed the General Assembly at the United Nations, the U.S....
Tutu and St. Thomas
THE UNIVERSITY of St. Thomas is the largest private institution of higher learning in the state of Minnesota, a school "inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition." Recently, the university found itself in the embarrassing position of having failed...