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. 33, November 16

Augustine on the Internet
St. Augustine and other fathers of the early church are traveling these days on the Internet, the traffic-choked main drag of the information superhighway. And as far as the University of Pennsylvanias James J. O'Donnell is concerned, the blending...
Churchgoing: Mount Olivet Lutheran in Minneapolis
There are many similarities between the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of today and that of 1950. All the Sunday morning services - three then and four now - are full. The sermon is still short (actually, its even shorter. the 20-minute homily of 1950...
Flannery O'Connor's Racial Morals and Manners
Flannery O'Connor's art makes powerful testimony to the profoundest commonalities shared by blacks and whites, chiefly our common dependence on the grace and judgment of God. But O'Connor's recently revealed correspondence with her friend Maryat Lee...
In Distress
When Jeremiah was writing, Jerusalem was falling apart. Like many of our own cities it had become a place of injustice and violence. The armies of Nebuchadnezzar that had come to besiege the city, Jeremiah told the people, were instruments of God's...
Methodist in Deed
Politics usually appears on page three of this magazine; the penultimate page is a refuge from reality. Whole presidential administrations rise and fall without out M.E.M.O's notice. But I do cover presidential spouses, and have done so since the era...
Poll Watching in Chiapas
Proving its resilience and perpetuating its 65 year stranglehold on political power, Mexicos authoritarian Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won the country's August presidential election quite handily - at least according to official tallies....
Re-Imagining: The Sequel
Undaunted by a storm of criticism that has hardly let up during the past year, almost 500 people gathered in Minneapolis October 29 to "continue the spiritual journey" of seeking new ways of imagining and experiencing "the incredible magnitude of God."...
The Symbol Players: Values of the New Elite
Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has written about the increasing importance of workers who are "symbolic analysts," by which he means people engaged in devising, reporting, teaching, transmitting and interpreting abstract concepts and symbols. Reich...
The Toronto Wave: Holy Laughter Is Contagious
In January the Vineyard Fellowship Church launched a four-day revival meeting in a warehouse building located just beyond the Toronto International Airport. During the first evening of worship, waves of "holy laughter" swept the congregation and many...