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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. 128, No. 25, December 13

50/50
50/50 Directed by Jonathan Levine Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick 50/50 is a delicate balancing act: a comedy-drama about a 27-year-old man named Adam (the amazing Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who learns he has a malignant...
Accused Bishop Gets Deal to Avoid Second Indictment
A CATHOLIC BISHOP in Missouri has avoided a second criminal charge for failing to report suspected child abuse by agreeing to allow prosecutors to oversee similar allegations against church officials in their county for the next five years. Bishop...
After Mississipi Defeat, What about 'Personhood'?
The failure of the "personhood" initiative in Mississippi in November intensified what appears to be a growing divide in the antiabortion movement. Some backers of the initiative, which aimed to make abortion illegal by defining a fetus as a person...
Antiabortion Analogy Is Flawed but Popular
Is legalized abortion akin to the Nazi Holocaust? The analogy is a standard talking point among abortion opponents, and a new half-hour video by a prominent Christian apologist has gone viral by making the comparison more explicit and graphic than...
A Proper Patriot
CONSERVATIVE commentator Pat Buchanan has given up on America. In his new book, Suicide of a Superpower, he writes: "Our nation is disintegrating, ethnically, culturally, morally, politically.... we seem to detest each other in ways as deep as Southerners...
A This-Worldly Story
WHEN OUR CHILDREN were young, we tried to shield them from the excesses of the cultural, materialistic and market-driven year-end holiday. We wanted them to understand that for us Christmas was about the birth of Jesus and God's love; it had nothing...
Defending Diversity: North Carolina Churches Fight for Integrated Schools
YEARS BEFORE there was a National Council of Churches or a World Council of Churches, and decades before Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka mandated that public schools be integrated, the North Carolina Council of Churches was formed specifically...
Entrepreneurial Idealism
Carol Howard Merritt Washington, D.C. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Carol Howard Merritt, a graduate of Austin Theological Seminary, serves as associate pastor at Western Presbyterian Church in downtown Washington, D.C. The author of Tribal Church...
Experts: Sexual Predators Hidden in Plain Sight
The abuse allegations at Penn State seem unthinkable: revered assistant coach and prominent community activist Jerry Sandusky preying on eight children. But such abuses of trust occur repeatedly across the country. Experts say respected people who...
Faces of Jesus: Rembrandt and the Incarnation
TWO FACES fascinated Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) over the course of his long and singular career--his own face and the face of Jesus. More than 90 self-portraits, spanning almost the entire length of the artist's career, are a visual memoir that...
Hip-Hop Embraced as an Evangelistic Tool
It's hard to get young people into the pews on a Sunday morning, but several seminaries think they have found a way to grab the next generation: hip-hop. "If we're going to take young people seriously, we have no choice," said Alton B. Pollard III,...
New Jersey Leads U.S. in Fewer Divorces
New Jersey is derided for Jersey Shore, aggressive driving and residents who talk too fast, but when it comes to "happily ever after," the Garden State is no. 1. A recent U.S. Census report shows that the Northeast--and New Jersey in particular--has...
Person of the Book
MY BIBLE NEEDS to go to a nursing home. The gold on the edges of the pages has faded to dingy yellow, the leather cover has a shiny worn look, and the embossed words on the binding are almost invisible. I smile when I remember that this is the "New"...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, December 18 Luke 1:26 38; 46b-55 THIS MONTH millions of families around the world will gather dutifully and joyfully for a traditional ritual meal. Around the edges of some of the more traditional gatherings-the ones where the chief chefs...
Seminary Aims to Offer Free Education
More than half of the graduates at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary this year borrowed an average of $20,600 to earn their master's degree--not an uncommon handicap for seminarians today as they await a call to ministry or seek other employment....
The 16 Percent
In November, the Census Bureau released its new Supplemental Poverty Measure, according to which there are 49.1 million poor people in the U.S.--2.9 million more than were counted using the official formula. The official poverty rate is 15.1 percent...
Times of Abundance: Terra Brockman on Food & Feasting
TERRA BROCKMAN is advocate for--and close observer of--sustainable agriculture. She founded an organization called The Land Connection that works to preserve farmland, train new farmers and connect people with local food. She lives in central Illinois...