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. 124, No. 11, May 29

Africentric Church: A Visit to Chicago's Trinity UCC
ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST points in Barack Obama's rising political star has been his ability to talk about Jesus without faking it. Beginning with his rousing "Audacity of Hope" speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and continuing with his...
Archaeologists Say They've Found Herod's Tomb
Israeli archaeologists believe they have discovered the tomb of king Herod, the Roman-appointed king over the Jews who reigned from 37 BC until his death in 4 BC and was known for his monumental building projects. The excavation's chief archaeologist,...
Bullies among Us
THE MASSACRE that took place at Virginia Tech last month can be only partially explained. We can criticize privacy regulations that allowed Cho Seung-Hui to move freely about in spite of his desperate mental condition. We can point to federal and state...
Critics Chide Warren, 'Pastor' of Murdoch, over Porn Channels
Author-pastor Rick Warren is under fire for failing to discipline media giant Rupert Murdoch for owning and expanding pornographic channels for satellite TV. The Australian-born owner of Fox Broadcasting and cable TV networks isn't a member of Warren's...
Duly Noted
HEREWITH, (1) an (2) essay (3) on (4) footnotes. (5) Quote (6): "Lomborg's (7) book, (8) The Skeptical -Environmentalist, (9) is (10) carefully (11) researched (12) (2,930 (13) footnotes (14)!(15))." So reads a line in a letter to the editor that criticized...
First GOP Debate Airs Differences on Abortion, Evolution
Differences on abortion rights, stem cell research and even the veracity of evolution became evident this month among the Republican presidential candidates in their first major debate. While Democratic hopefuls--who held their first debate earlier--mainly...
Forbes Leaves Famed Pulpit, Not Prophetic Role
MAKE NO MISTAKE: Take James A. Forbes Jr. away from a pulpit and he is not himself. Forbes's old friend the late African-American church historian James Melvin Washington used to kid the senior minister of Manhattan's Riverside Church by saying Forbes...
Getting Organized
IMAGINE BEING a single parent who works as a nursing assistant at a hospital. You love your job, though your wages are only $9.50 per hour. The hospital gives you health insurance for yourself, but not your two children. Health insurance for your children...
Gun Points
IN 1996, AFTER an assailant massacred 85 people at a resort area in Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australians responded to the horror by banning the possession of automatic rifles and shotguns. Gunowners proceeded to turn in 650,000 guns to the government...
Hope or Hype?
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. By Barack Obama. Crown, 384 pp., $25.00. THE OBAMA PHENOMENON is hurtling past the best analogies that we have for it. Three years ago Barack Obama shot onto the national political...
Living by the Word: Idol Behavior
Sunday, June 17 1 Kings 21; Psalm 5; Luke 7:36-8:3 ONE OF MY seminary teachers once said that if you can't think of anything original to preach, you should tell Bible stories--they have enough power to turn people's hearts toward God. This may not...
Living by the Word: The Eighth Day
Sunday, June 10 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 30; Luke 7:11-17 THE BIBLE IS full of strange things---oil cruets and our containers that never become empty and young bodies that are restored to life at a word from Jesus. Are we supposed to believe that...
Methodist Bishops Table Proposed New Gay Stance
A proposed change in the United Methodist Church's 25-year-old stance on homosexual behavior that would condone same-sex marriage "where legally possible" was tabled by a committee at the Council of Bishops meeting this month near Myrtle Beach, South...
Nigerian Archbishop Defies Episcopal Church, Canterbury
Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola, who defied the top bishops of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion by installing his own bishop on U.S. soil this month, declared that "insulting and condescending" American bishops are to blame for the...
The Poured-Out Church
THERE IS NOTHING like writing a book called Leaving Church for discovering how many things people can make of a title like that. The church of the title is Grace-Calvary Church in Clarkesville, Georgia. Leaving is what I did in 1997 when I resigned...
Torn Web
IF YOU FOUND the first two installments of the Spider-Man series poetic, imaginative and impassioned, you're likely to experience an unpleasant jolt at Spider-Man 3. The first two pictures were built on beautifully worked-out fantasy scenarios that...