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. 122, No. 25, December 13

A Letter to the People of the United Methodist Church
A Letter to the People of The United Methodist Church, The space for this open letter was donated by The Iliff School of Theology The recent decision of the United Methodist Judicial Council condoning the exclusion of gay and lesbian members...
Anglican Leaders Rebuke Archbishop
Nearly half of the 38 primates of the worldwide Anglican Communion have rebuked the archbishop of Canterbury for not condemning the liberal attitude toward homosexuality shown by Anglican churches in North America. Of particular concern is the 2003...
Boy Soldiers
IF VIETNAM, with its baffling, Venus-flytrap landscape, is the perfect dramatic background for an existential drama, the Gulf War would appear to be an ideal setting for an existential comedy: so many servicemen all suited up but with nowhere to go...
Catholic Bishops Again Condemn Death Penalty
The U.S. Roman Catholic bishops have renewed their call to end the death penalty, saying state-sponsored executions are unfair, unnecessary and unhealthy for America's soul. The nation's Catholic bishops, in Washington for their annual mid-November...
Conservative Anglicans Talk Up Realignment
FOLLOWING A meeting of 2,400 conservatives unified in their belief that the Episcopal Church no longer upholds biblical tradition, tension remains between those eager to leave the church and others who counsel patience. The predominant word at the...
Faith Leaders Press DeLay on Tobacco
Republican congressman Tom DeLay of Texas, indicted by a grand jury in his home state and bounced from his leadership position in Congress, has another distraction: interfaith groups are pressuring him to drop his opposition to Food and Drug Administration...
Forgetting Pol Pot
THE BOMB CRATERS and unexploded ordnance in the rice fields around Sam Ang's village in Cambodia remind local residents that the war the United States fought against neighboring Vietnam more than three decades ago knew no boundaries. Yet there are...
Liturgy as Politics: An Interview with William Cavanaugh
IN HIS REFLECTIONS on theology and politics, Catholic theologian William T. Cavanaugh has focused attention on how Christian liturgical practices embody and inform--or should embody and inform--Christian political witness. His book Torture and Eucharist:...
Living by the Word: Zealous Hopes
Sunday, December 25 Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 I LEARNED something about what is possible at St. John's Abbey in Minnesota, just after morning prayer. I had told another resident of the Ecumenical Institute that the monks...
Looking for an Argument
MEDIA REPORTS, ministerial gossip and congregational hand-wringing suggest that Christian denominations are constantly arguing over homosexuality. That is not the case. Roman Catholic theologian John Courtney Murray once said that a genuine argument...
Much of Jordan River Polluted with Sewage
At the Alumot Dam on the edge of Kibbutz Deganya, a cooperative community located a couple of miles south of the Sea of Galilee, you can smell the Jordan River long before you see it. Once you are there, two Jordan rivers come into view. North of...
NCC, Interfaith Group Call Torture Intolerable
Whether antitorture provisions become a part of U.S. law or not, the National Council of Churches' General Assembly last month called any use of torture unacceptable and contrary to U.S. and international norms. "Torture, regardless of circumstance,...
Secret of Nyamirambo
VISITING THE National Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, was overwhelming. It is the grave of 250,000 people killed in the 1994 genocide. I walked with some students through the memorial, watching the videos, studying the exhibits and reading the...
Signs of Hope
SIGNS OF HOPE from Israel and Palestinian are so rare that when two such signs emerge only 48 hours apart, it is time to rejoice. The first sign of hope was well reported. When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stopped in Jerusalem on her way to...
Sikhs Fight Discrimination
Facing mounting discrimination since the September 11 terrorist attacks, a number of Sikh-American groups have begun a campaign to explain their religion to the American public and to differentiate their beliefs from those of Muslims. There have...
Song in the City
ONE OF THE MOST memorable sermons I ever heard--one of the very few I actually remember-was a Christmas Day sermon preached by Charles Leber. At the time he and Ulysses Blake were copastors of First Presbyterian Church on Chicago's South Side. Leber's...
The Lincoln Experience
THE OPENING earlier this year of the $90 million Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, sparked a battle over the place of technology in museums. Traditionalists among historians and museum directors wrung their hands at...
The True and the Gray
LIKE MOST ARTISTS, the sculptor and painter Anselm Kiefer favors certain hues and materials. His chosen hue is gray, in all its shades, and gray is nothing if not shaded. His favorite material is lead, which is, yes, grayish. His maxim: "The truth...