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. 114, No. 22, July 30

Coming Together in Fargo
Never since European settlement had so much water overflowed the Red River, a usually non-descript stream that separates North Dakota from Minnesota as it makes its sluggish way north to Canada. A record ten feet of snow deposited by half a dozen...
Contact
Contact was the one summer movie that promised substantive thought about religion, but alas, what was intended by director Robert Zemeckis as substance emerges as pure fluff in the stilted dialogue between scientist Ellie Arroway (Julie Foster) and...
Deconstructing the Culture of Divorce
Divorce is much on my mind these days. In the past couple of years, two of my close friends have been unilaterally divorced by their high-powered professional husbands of some 20 years. One, left fairly secure materially, was traded in for a woman...
Episcopalians Elect Presiding Bishop
The Episcopal Church on July 21 elected Bishop Frank Tracy Griswold III, 59, of the Diocese of Chicago to be its presiding bishop for the next nine years. Griswold was elected by his fellow bishops in a closed-door meeting in an historic Philadelphia...
George of the Jungle
It is time once again to evaluate summer movies. But first a necessary digression to help us identify the good, the bad and the mediocre among these films. A friend of mine is a political strategist. After one of his clients came to town recently,...
Gratitude for Everything
How is it humanly possible to give thanks for "everything"? Can anyone express gratitude for a disastrous accident? Is it even ethical to give thanks for the death of a neighbor we despise? Are we to thank God when we hear of the death of strangers?...
Incarnational Language
The most pressing language issue for me in worship today is not that of "inclusive language," but whether we will have any language, language in its root sense, based on that lowly human organ, the tongue. Incarnational language, in the sense that...
Living the Tensions: Christians and Divorce
Divorce deeply troubles Christians. They know that both scripture and tradition condemn it, and the evidence mounts that it is hard on kids, yet nearly everyone today has been touched by it, either personally or through families and friends. Not to...
Religious Persecution Abroad
The U.S. State Department on July 22 accused China of severely limiting the religious rights of Christians and in some instances actively persecuting members of Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. The report, prepared at the request of Congress,...
Summer Shower
YOU SHOWER upon us typos and bits of trivia from church bulletins, and we must share the blessing. Like the blessing that was announced at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Helena, Arkansas, which must be offering bovine healing. Its worship folder tells...
Ulee's Gold
Brassed Off, a British film set in Scotland, is another summer movie of substance -- a surprisingly effective story of a dying coal mining town that finds its only joy in its local brass band. Note especially the manner in which this film handles...