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. 127, No. 1, January 12

An Hour with Penny: Encountering Down Syndrome
THERE WERE FIVE of us around the table: my husband, myself, my mother, and two medical students who had been assigned to dinner at our house. One of them said, "My parents always wanted more for me--a better education than they had, and a better job,...
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Bits of History
Some intriguing tidbits of American history that I gleaned from recent reading: The lone judge to repent of his part in the Salem witch trials was also one of the first white Americans to write against slavery. Samuel Sewall recanted his role in...
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Clergy Honesty Ratings Tumble to 32-Year Low
AMERICANS' VIEWS of the "honesty and ethics" of clergy have hit a 32-year low, with just half rating ministers' moral caliber as high or very high, according to Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics Ratings of Professions. The reason for the decline...
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Compromise
BY THE TIME this issue of the magazine is in your hands, the fate of health-care reform may have been decided by Congress. The legislative process, like the proverbial production of sausage, is not neat or pretty. If a bill passes, it will not be all...
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Extrava-Gun-Za
For the second year in a row the state of South Carolina has sponsored a Second Amendment Weekend--popularly called "the extrava-gun-za." For two days over the Thanksgiving weekend shoppers can buy handguns, rifles and shotguns--but not ammunition...
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Graceful Exit: My Husband's Choice
AS A PRESBYTERIAN PASTOR, my husband, Bob, had always been sympathetic when a parishioner became trapped by dementia. His views on dealing with dementia had been shaped by his father, a man of deep Christian faith and an active layman. When his father...
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In Copenhagen, Religious Leaders Urge Solutions That Slow Climate Change
Bells pealed as a warning on climate change after the archbishop of Canterbury told a church service in Copenhagen, attended by people from major faiths and Christian denominations, that humanity can show love to all only by making the earth safe from...
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Israeli Occupation Called 'Sin against God' by Palestinian Christians
Palestinian Christian leaders have issued a call for an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, which they described as "a sin against God and against humanity," and have appealed for support from the world's churches. "The injustice...
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Lesbian Bishop-Elect Faces Episcopal Review
Since becoming the first lesbian to be elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church, Mary Glasspool has been hailed as a gay rights pioneer and maligned as the straw that will finally break the back of the Anglican Communion. Glasspool "wavered two...
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Obama's Peace Prize Speech Explores the Ethics of Warfare
Nine days after announcing that he would send more troops to Afghanistan and set July 2011 as the start of a gradual withdrawal, President Barak Obama gave a similarly nuanced speech in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama condemned religious-inspired...
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Oregon Lawmakers May Repeal Ban on Teachers' Classroom Religious Garb
Teachers in Oregon are likely to win the right to wear religious clothing such as turbans, yarmulkes and headscarves in public schools when state lawmakers convene in February, elected officials say. Oregon's relatively unusual prohibition on teachers'...
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Pioneer Televangelist Oral Roberts Dies at 91
ORAL ROBERTS, the pioneering television evangelist and faith healer who became the dean of Pentecostal preachers in the U.S. died December 15 at the age of 91, in Newport Beach, California, of complications from pneumonia. In 1954, Roberts became...
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Precious
Precious Directed by Lee Daniels Starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton and Mariah Carey The trailers for Precious suggest a weepy after-school special. But the movie itself turns out to be an honest piece of work--gritty, unsentimental...
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Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, January 17 Isaiah 62:1-5; John 2:1-11 ON THE darkest day of the year, the Incas tried to tie the sun down. The Zunis kept their fire indoors and let the trash pile up in their dwellings; Zoroastrians stayed up all night and read poetry....
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Slow-Motion Conversion: How My Mind Has Changed
ON JULY 11, 1991, the Feast of St. Benedict, I was baptized and received as a Catholic in the chapel of the twin Benedictine communities of St. Mary's Monastery and St. Scholastica Priory in Petersham, Massachusetts. Any views I've acquired since then...
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Suit against Newspaper Alleges Church Pressure
THE FORMER opinion editor of the Washington Times filed suit against the newspaper and its owner, sectarian prophet Sun Myung Moon, claiming among other things that he was coerced into attending a Unification Church event. Richard Miniter met with...
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The Holy Ordinary
BY THE FOURTH century, you could become a Christian without risking your life. Church inevitably became entangled with private clubs, government posts and social networks. The urge to offer oneself wholly in martyrdom never diminished, however, and...
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The People's Interest: A New Battle against Usury
WALKING DOWN Trade Street in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, Melinda Graham spied the Bank of America football stadium a few blocks away. "That's all my money, right there," said Graham, one of hundreds who marched on B of A and Wachovia one day...
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