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. 12, June 14

Catholic Bishops Resist Reforms on Clergy Abusers, Says Academic Study
A sweeping new report on the Catholic Church's clergy sexual abuse scandal compares the church to police departments, with similar hierarchies, moral authority and isolated work environments. And because the church, like the police, has "historically...
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Con Artists at the Door: The Ministry of Being Lied To
MY FIRST ten years in ministry were spent in Chicago in a church office above a soup kitchen. The kitchen's clients regularly invaded my office. First I'd hear heavy footfalls in the hallway, sometimes a sharp, offensive odor, and then an inquisitive...
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C. S. Lewis's Aeneid
DURING THE EARLY 1960s, the CHRISTIAN CENTURY published a series of answers by prominent authors to the question, "What books did most to shape your vocational attitude and your philosophy of life?" The June 6, 1962, issue featured advice columnist...
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Immigration Pits Mormons against Church Hierarchy
For decades, Mormon conservatives have believed that their politics matched the positions of their church--opposing abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment and same-sex marriage, for example. Now one issue puts conservative politics and church views...
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Incendies
Incendies Directed by Denis Villeneuve Starring Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette and Remy Girard [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Incendies, which was nominated for last year's foreign-film Oscar and won numerous Genies (the...
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Is Yoga Religious? Spiritual Roots of a Physical Practice
WHO OWNS YOGA? That unexpected question arose last year when the Hindu American Foundation identified what it views as two serious misconceptions about yoga that are widespread in the West. The first misconception is that yoga is only about physical...
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My Wandering Mind: A Pastor Goes to Yoga
LAST SUMMER, at the urging of a friend, I began attending yoga classes. When I said to family and friends, "I've started practicing yoga," my declaration prompted a variety of responses, mostly along the lines of disbelief or amusement. "What's so...
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Obama and the Arab Spring: Historian Juan Cole)
JUAN COLE is a professor of history at the University of Michigan, former editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies and author of numerous articles on the politics, culture, religion and poetry of the Middle East. After September 11,...
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Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, June 19 Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Matthew 28:16-20 MY CHURCH was celebrating a reaffirmation of baptism, and the pastor encouraged us to ask people who were present at our baptism to tell us about it. I called my morn and asked what she remembered....
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Religion News Gets Boost from Lilly, Writers Group
IN A COMPLEX transaction designed to strengthen nonpartisan religion reporting, the newly nonprofit Religion News Service received a grant of almost $3.5 million from the Lilly Endowment and was acquired by the Religion Newswriters Association, effective...
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South African 'Zionists'
Every summer I relish spending lazy evenings watching minor-league baseball, which in my neck of Penn's Woods means following the State College Spikes. Going to Spikes games for leisure does not mean that I escape my professional interests, however--as...
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Staying Together
WHEN I FIRST ARRIVED in Chicago, the Church Federation of Greater Chicago was a visible and important part of the life of the city, with a broadcast ministry, hunger programs and advocacy efforts in civil rights, education and public policy. An annual...
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Taking Time in Worship to Counter Bigotry
Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries June 26 to read from sacred texts in an initiative designed to counter anti-Muslim bigotry. The initiative, called "Faith Shared:...
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The Bishop's Dashboard: William Willimon's Experiment in Accountability
"MY JOB NOW IS TO coordinate disaster relief," William Willimon said, reflecting on the storms in Alabama that destroyed 20 United Methodist churches, rendered 20 more unusable for months to come and killed more than 200 Alabamians. "We're trying to...
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Truth about Torture
News that U.S. special forces had killed Osama bin Laden had barely hit the TV screens before former officials in the Bush administration were claiming that theft policy of "enhanced interrogation" had been vindicated. The use of torture, they said,...
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When a Church's Honesty Is a Liability
When officials at a Presbyterian church in Virginia decided to knowledge the church's failures in handling reports of sexual abuse by a youth ministries director, they thought it might upset some in the congregation. What surprised leaders at Vienna...
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