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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. 127, No. 16, August 10

American Export: The Chinese Embrace Process Thought
AFTER GIVING the keynote address at a recent conference on "ecological civilization" attended by more than 60 scholars and government officials from China, theologian John Cobb joined conferees in a group photo. Then, in a spontaneous break in the...
Amish Ex-Farmers Have Business Tips for CEOs
Some of the most successful entrepreneurs in America have never been to high school, don't use electricity, and would sooner love their competitors than sue them. For generations, the Amish have tended farms tucked away in rural communities like...
Beautiful Games
THE REST OF the world calls it "the beautiful game," and for a month of World Cup soccer competition Americans get to see it on TV--the moments of explosive action and the constant flow of movement from one end of the field to the other, with hardly...
Conservative Surge Upends Missouri Synod President
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod has elected the denomination's director of disaster response as president, a candidate backed by its more conservative members. Matthew Harrison received 54 percent of the vote for the three-year term, defeating...
Deaths
* Don S. Browning, a founding figure in "practical theology" and a catalyst in studies of religion, family and marriage, died of cancer June 3 at his home near the University of Chicago Divinity School where he earned his degrees and taught for decades....
Faith, Nice and Easy: The Almost-Christian Formation of Teens
IN 1984, MARVEL COMICS created a new nemesis for Spider-Man. The character would be a symbiote, inspired by what parasitologists call the weaker of two organisms inhabiting the same space. The weaker organism can draw life from the stronger, and in...
Good News Bible Translator Dies; Opposed Inerrantists
Robert Bratcher, the New Testament translator of the Good News Bible which became a best-selling version in the 1970s, died July 10 at a retirement community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was 90. He became involved in controversy with Southern...
Here I Am: How Shall I Live My Cancer?
IT'S THURSDAY MORNING, November 9, 2006. It's ten after nine. I'm at my desk, working through Ecclesiastes for a book I am to write. The verse I'm working on goes like this: "Better a handful with quietness than two fistfuls with toil and a chasing...
I Am Love
I Am Love Directed by Luca Guadagnino Starring Tilda Swinton, Pippo Delbono and Flavio Parenti It is evident from the lush opening credits, which recall the stylish script of postwar European cinema or the 1950s American melodramas of Douglas...
Military Restraint
It's a rare day when people as politically different as defense secretary Robert Gates, liberal Democratic congressman Barney Frank and libertarian Republican congressman Ron Paul agree on something. But all three have said recently that the time has...
PCUSA to Try Again on Partnered Gay Clergy, but Reject Same-Sex Marriage
In a familiar routine, mainline Presbyterians at their biennial General Assembly voted 373-323 to lift a ban on partnered gay clergy, sending the proposed change for the fourth time in nearly a dozen years to the denomination's 173 regional presbyteries...
Presbyterians Find Common Ground on Mideast
As Presbyterians opened their eight-day General Assembly on the Fourth of July weekend, they faced a bitter debate over a report on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It appeared to some leading participants that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) would...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, August 15 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 SOON AFTER I was called as senior minister of First Congregational Church in Burlington, Vermont, a church member gave me a tour of the building. When we got to the formal church parlor, I paused to take in...
Renewal and Reinvention: UCC President Geoffrey Black
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] GEOFFREY BLACK has completed his first year as president of the United Church of Christ at a time when the UCC has been emphasizing youth and technology as well as theology and social justice. Like many mainline denominations,...
Who's Counting China?
I was perilously close to becoming an agnostic--at least about certain statistics. Specifically, I really didn't know the data on Christians in China, and for a while I was not sure if anyone did. Only now, perhaps, do we have the glimmerings of an...
Wired and Unwired
IN 1993, NOT SO terribly long ago, I signed up for my first e-mail account. I remember using it to compose and exchange haikus with other novice faculty about our daily travails, to keep up with friends from graduate school, and to sign up for more...