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. 111, No. 31, November 2

Election Strategy on the Right
IN THIS quarrelsome election year, many conservative Christian candidates are turning pragmatic--some might say deceptive--in their campaigns for public office. They are talking more about economics, less about abortion; focusing on tax cuts instead...
Good Things
DEAR ELLEN: So you thought that two successive letters about death was a bit much? Maybe so. But to begin to learn how to die is also to learn how to live as one who is not captive to every passing trend. In your case, that may mean: not captive to...
Health Reform and Civic Survival: An Interview with Quentin D. Young
SINCE HIS DAYS as a medical student at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Dr. Quentin D. Young has been engaged professionally and politically in issues of public health. Currently clinical professor of preventive medicine at the University of Illinois...
Knowing the Dark Side: Darth Vader and Others
DADDY, IS Darth Vader real?" asked my five-year-old son as we drove to lunch one afternoon. I said, "What do you mean by 'real'?" He replied, "You know, is he a real person?" "No," I answered, "he never really lived. He's a person in a story." The...
Music for the Ages
THE OTHER DAY I read an assertion by one of the congregation watchers who said that alongside all the other multis in multiculturalism--gender, race, ethnicity, religion, class, taste, parting of hair, etc.--we have to pay attention to age. People...
Passion in Public: Confusion about Carter
PATRICK ANDERSON wrote speeches for Jimmy Carter during the 1976 campaign for president. He took the assignment because it was a "new adventure" in writing. After Carter's inauguration, Anderson, who had earlier written one novel, The President's Mistress,...
Solar Sect Still a Mystery
Now that Swiss investigators have discovered the body of Luc Jouret, leader of the Order of the Solar Temple, among the dead in a grisly cult disaster in early October, at least one mystery has been solved. Jouret, originally suspected of orchestrating...
Study Details Sexuality in America
Although nowadays no one seems afraid to ask, a landmark study of sexual behavior in the U.S. tells readers everything they wanted to know about sex, and quite a bit more. In The Social Organization of Sexuality University of Chicago researchers Edward...
Waiting in Hope
WE SPEND much of life waiting for things to happen. There is always some future event that, we are convinced, will solve some deep problem. Once that happens, we say to ourselves, we will be able to get our lives together. Scripture is filled with...