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. 128, No. 21, October 18

Atheists, Mostly Male, Show Sexist Side
Rebecca Watson meant it as a funny story, almost an aside. In a video blog, the popular skeptic blogger recalled a man following her into an empty elevator and inviting her up to his room after she spoke about feminism at a European atheist conference...
Atheists Target Clergy's Tax Break for Housing
A long-standing tax break for clergy and other "ministers of the gospel" is facing the lastest in a string of challenges in federal court. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation filed suit September 13 to challenge the constitutionality...
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Bishop Claims Iran Visit Helped to Release Hikers
The release in September of U.S. hikers Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal from an Iranian prison "affirms the importance of the role of religious dialogue and its end product in this case, public diplomacy," according to Episcopal bishop John Chane of...
Conservative Christians Rush to Rick Perry's Side
From media mavens to grassroots activists, conservative Christian leaders have been heaping praise on presidential candidate Rick Perry, an early but important show of support from a vital GOP constituency. Initially unimpressed with the 2012 presidential...
Good Investments
If I had only one wish for the next 50 years," said Bill Gates, "it would be to invent the thing that halves the cost of carbon dioxide." The founder of Microsoft went on: "We must innovate our way to zero [CO.sup.2] emissions." Gates is thinking like...
Hungary Returns Churches, but Most Are in Bad Shape
A Hungarian church leader has welcomed the fulfillment of state pledges to restore church properties to religious communities six decades after they were confiscated by the country's communist regime. "This is the only area of church-state relations...
Night of Hunters
Night of Hunters by Tori Amos [Deutsche 6rammophon] As a pianist, Tori Amos's skill and classical pedigree are peerless in the pop world; as a songwriter she is talented but gratuitous and opaque. So while it's hard to imagine many pop artists...
Pipeline to Disaster: Obama and the Alberta Tar Sands
SUNDAY MORNING in jail was harder than I had imagined it would be. For one thing, no one had slept much. The central cell block in the Washington, D.C., jail has steel slabs with no mattresses, no pillows, no sheets. It was stifling hot and noisy,...
'Protestant Ethic' Still Sways Dreams of Wealth
Back in 1905, Max Weber's landmark treatise, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, argued that a Calvinist belief in God's plan for the saved was crucial to the rise of capitalism because it inspired individuals to work hard and earn money...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, October 23 Deutoronomy 34:1-12 WHEN I HELD my first grandchild in my arms, my perception of time was transformed. I began to ponder what his life would be like. I reflected on how it would be shaped by our responses to the challenges...
The Help
The Help Directed by Tate Taylor Starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis In The Help, set during the civil rights era, an aspiring journalist decides to write a book about the African-American domestics in the small Mississippi town where she...
True Sentences
THIS FALL I FOUND myself bypassing books that every working clergyperson should read in order to follow an impulse stimulated by Paula McLain's The Paris Wife, an account of Ernest Hemingway's Paris years in the 1920s as told in the voice of his first...
UMC Bishops Warned of Clergy Planning to Bless Gay Unions
A United Methodist group of large-church pastors, joined by hundreds of petition-signing clergy and laity, are urging the denomination's bishops to issue a collective warning to some 900 "defiant" clergy who have declared their intention to bless same-sex...
Virtues of Knowing
IT WAS THE second Sunday in Lent and, following an ancient Christian practice, the gospel reading for the day was an account of the Transfiguration. The first-graders, who would receive their first communion in a few weeks, were stationed in the...
Would Jesus Love Football?
The only good thing about the end of summer is that it's the beginning of the college football season. Once more college football is delivering thrills and surprises, with the rankings changing dramatically on a weekly basis, teams appearing out of...