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. 125, No. 22, November 4

Back Home in Gilead
WHAT IS Jack Boughton really like? How will he respond to Reverend Ames's blessing as he gets on the bus to leave Gilead again? Will he embrace the grace and forgiveness of the blessing? Or will he return to his old ways? Questions like these have...
Catholic Thinker Rejects Vatican Demand for Rewrite
A prominent Roman Catholic theologian in Poland has rejected a demand from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that he retract and rewrite an article criticizing its attitude toward other Christian churches. "It's another sad...
Choosing to Talk
In the fourth meeting between Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and religious leaders seeking to keep lines of communication open between Iran and the U.S.--the second such meeting I've attended--speakers from Jewish, Muslim, Lutheran and Mennonite...
Educated for Marriage: The Difference College Makes
AFTER THOUSANDS of scientific studies of marriage, the one number everybody knows is 50 percent. Fifty percent of American marriages end in divorce. It's a statistic made for pessimism and fatalism, as in "Half of the people in this room will get a...
Frozen River
Frozen River. Written and directed by Courtney Hunt. Starring Nelissa Leo and Misty Upham. I've covered the Sundance Film Festival many times and can say with reasonable authority that the movie lovers who brave Utah winters to see world premieres...
G Is for Generosity: A Theological Dictionary
ENTER THE TERM generosity into your theological dictionary. It is not yet there, at least not in the dictionaries on my shelf. Most reference books ungenerously skip from "Generation, Eternal" to "Genevan Catechism" or from "Gaudium et Spes" to "Genocide"...
Grief and Hope
WHEN A LOS ANGELES DODGER hit a grand-slam home run off of the Cubs' most reliable pitcher in the first game of the National League division series, a great silence descended on Wrigley Field. I was there, one of 42,000 faithful who thought this might...
Letting Go: Stages of the Contemplative Journey
WE NEED nothing more urgently than people engaged in transformative protest and action from a heart transformed by contemplation. This sounds exalted, beyond the reach of the ordinary person, but it becomes less so if we understand the process that...
Living by the Word: Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, November 9 Matthew 25:1-13 ELECTIONS PRODUCE overwhelming hope or overwhelming disappointment. On the Wednesday morning after a national election, one half of the country wakes up disappointed with the other half. If it's our candidate...
Notes from the Global Church
Sick and dying, the pagan African king knew that he could save himself only by the sacrifice of another human being. Following the king's orders, servants kidnapped a young Christian boy, Deola, with a view to killing him. Eventually, though, the faithful...
Peace Hopes, Angry Words and Ahmadinejad
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dined with 300 religious and political leaders on September 25 in New York City, but the event, which drew condemnation and protest, offered far less dialogue than advertised. What was promised as a discussion...
Pulpit Freedoms
People looking for signs of theological sanity in this land can take heart from the fact that only 33 pastors endorsed a presidential candidate as part of a "pulpit freedom demonstration on September 28 (see the news story on p. 16). The event was...
Pulpit Protest Shakes Fist at IRS, Public Opinion
Although only 33 churches nationwide signed up to participate in a conservative Christian group's "pulpit freedom" protest on the last Sunday of September, the planners viewed it as a success. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund, which encouraged...