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. 25, December 16

American Soundings
It was Marshall McLuhan, believe, who first observed that the increased speed of transportation and communication had made the world a global village. That observation has become a commonplace. But we don't usually focus on the aspect of the village...
Augsburg Fortress Plans Layoffs, Store Closings, End of Consumer Sales
The publishing arm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is ending its consumer-oriented book sales and will focus instead on supplying materials for congregations and textbooks for higher education, it was announced last month. Augsburg...
Binge Culture
December 16, 2008 During the holiday season many high school seniors sort out their college preferences and work on their college applications. If in the midst of that anxiety-producing process, students and parents ask college officials to comment...
Catholic-Muslim Forum Affirms Respect for Beliefs
The first meeting at the Vatican of a Roman Catholic-Muslim Forum has affirmed the right of individuals and communities to practice their religion in private and in public, while also rejecting terrorism in the name of religion. "Genuine love of...
Church Leaders Decry Atrocities as Congolese Fight over Minerals
A prominent minister told African religious leaders meeting in Uganda that the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo in which civilians are suffering heavy atrocities was triggered by a conflict over natural resources. "Is it not correct to...
Gay Advocates Angry about Mormon Political Activism
Angered by the Election Day passage of Proposition 8, which reversed California's same-sex marriage ruling by amending the state's constitution, gay rights activists have taken their battle to the blogosphere and to the streets, targeting the Church...
Good News
IT'S THE DAY AFTER the election, and I am clicking around on one of the many interactive maps of the nation available on the Internet. I've found one that shows, in reds and blues, how every single county in the nation voted. You click on a state and...
Interfaith Coalition Asks Obama to Ban Torture
A multifaith coalition of more than 200 religious organizations is calling on President-elect Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning torture as one of his first acts in office. "This is an opportunity where one individual could with one...
I Was a Stranger
WE SAT CROWDED onto an old couch, kitchen chairs and the floor in a tiny second-floor apartment in northwest Rochester, New York. Nine newly arrived refugees from a Thai refugee camp near Burma (Myanmar) had agreed to meet with two volunteer interpreters...
Latest Bond Film Pits Agent vs. Villain Who Seeks Water Monopoly
James Bond is back, and in his latest action thriller filmland's famous spy is battling a villain trying to control strategic water resources in a developing country. The plot does not seem farfetched to a church-related network based in Geneva. ...
One House at a Time
AFTER MORE THAN 30 years of operation, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) can boast of building more than 200,000 houses for poor people around the world, of bringing thousands of Christians to work sites, and of helping countless people understand...
Pah Rum Pah Pum Pum
I READ SOMEWHERE that in a survey to identify what people thought was the most obnoxious holiday or Christmas music, "The Little Drummer Boy" narrowly won out over "Silver Bells" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" That kind of music is omnipresent in the...
Pride and Glory
Pride and Glory. Directed by Gavin O'Connor. Starring Noah Emmerich, Colin Farrell and Edward Norton. A movie about a family of Irish cops--that sounds like one you've seen before. But Pride and Glory contains a few unfamiliar notes, and it rings...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, December 21 Luke 1:26-38, 47-55 THE ANNUNCIATION HAS attracted the attention of commentators for centuries. Medieval writers liked to embroider upon Luke's bare-bones account, saying, for example, that when the angel Gabriel appeared,...
Seminaries Tighten Their Belts
When 85 new students enrolled this fall at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, the numbers were "beyond our wildest dreams," said President Duane Larson. But the Lutheran school's board, looking at a 35 percent drop in its endowment value...