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. 126, No. 11, June 2

Done in Our Name
After President Obama released memos from Bush administration lawyers that defended waterboarding, Dick Cheney told Fox News that extreme interrogation methods like waterboarding helped the country gain important information and deter terrorist attacks....
How Does Jesus Save?
WHEN I WAS BORN 60 years ago, debates about how Christ saves us tended to divide Protestants who thought about such matters at all into conservatives who defended some form of substitutionary atonement theory and liberals who were more apt to accept...
In Hard-Hit Indiana, Churches Pull Together
The annual Family Fest at Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen, Indiana, is usually a joyous event as families auction off handmade quilts, furniture and other goods in the annual school fund-raiser. But this year, double-digit unemployment rates overshadowed...
Maine Is Fifth State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Governor John Baldacci signed legislation May 6 that makes Maine the fifth U.S. state to allow same-sex marriages, and only the second to approve the unions without the threat of a court order. Maine now joins Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut...
Obama Team Seeks Support of Progressives on Poverty
Members of President Obama's domestic team addressed more than 1,000 Christian progressives at an antipoverty meeting in Washington, asking for their help to accomplish the president's agenda. "It is shameful that we live in a country where hundreds...
Odd Obama, Rome Is More Gentle Than U.S. Bishops
Ever since the University of Notre Dame announced that President Obama would receive an honorary degree and speak at its May 17 commencement ceremony, debate among American Catholics has grown increasingly heated. At least 55 U.S. Catholic bishops...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, June 7 Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29 AT A MEETING of church musicians and worship leaders, the phrase comfort zone was cropping up everywhere. This was the drift of the discussion: People should feel at home in worship, especially in times like...
Scene of the Crime
Recently I overheard a witty friend say that she didn't watch much television. "I'm not into forensics," she said. She has a point. CSI; CSI: Miami; CSI: NY; Bones; NCIS and Cold Case are among the most popular shows on network TV, and all focus...
Seafarer Chaplaincy Confronts Piracy Fears
The recent dramatic high seas rescue of a merchant ship captain held hostage by Somali pirates stirred a public debate on whether cargo vessels should be armed. It also drew attention to the more than 1 million mariners who are essential in transporting...
Seeds of Doubt
PETER ROLLINS IS a prominent figure in the Emergent church movement in the United Kingdom. Schooled in philosophy, with several degrees from Queens University in Belfast, Rollins is determined to revitalize Christian practice with a peculiar blend...
The Case for Condoms
IN MARCH, when Pope Benedict XVI, on a flight to Cameroon, declared that the use of condoms is not the answer to the AIDS epidemic in Africa--that, on the contrary, it "increases the problem"--I thought immediately of Francis Ntowe. I met Ntowe years...
The Soloist
The Soloist. Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. The Soloist is a rarity--a triumph-of-the-spirit movie in which the hero's triumph is ambiguous. It's a movie about accepting small successes and living within...
Top SBC Ethicist Calls Waterboarding Torture
Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land, a leading Christian conservative who helped advance the Bush administration's agenda on a range of social issues, says that the formerly sanctioned practice of waterboarding of suspected terrorists is torture...
Torturous Times
THE WEEKS AFTER EASTER are full of miracles, especially if you are following the postresurrection story in the book of Acts. Acts positively spills over with signs and wonders. Take chapter five, for example: Ananias and Sapphira fall dead after being...
What's Confirmation For?
UNTIL RECENTLY, it was the practice of the congregation I serve for the members of the confirmation class, most of them ninth graders, to write individual statements of faith. In those statements the youth were asked to say what they believe about...