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. 18, September 4

Addictive Behavior: Pastors and Pornography: Loneliness, Anger and Boredom Often Play a Role in the Development of Sexual Addiction
ACCORDING TO MANY Christian groups, pornography is a disturbing and increasing problem. A Promise Keepers survey found that 53 percent of its members consume pornography. A 2000 Christianity Today survey found that 37 percent of pastors said pornography...
American Habits: Robert Bellah and Cultural Reformation
The Robert Bellah Reader. Edited by Robert N. Bellah and Steven M. Tipton. Duke University Press, 568 pp., $27.95 paperback. FOR FOUR DECADES, Robert Bellah's books, articles and public speeches have influenced thoughtful sectors of American faith...
Angst
I have struggled all my life with a tormented and joyless relationship with God. Faith and lack of faith, punishment, grace and rejection all were real to me, all were imperative. My prayers stank of anguish, entreaty, trust, loathing and despair....
Dumbed Down: What Americans Don't Know about Religion
Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't. By Stephen Prothero. HarperSanFrancisco, 304 pp., $24.95. Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism. Edited by Thomas Banchoff. Oxford University Press, 352 pp., $24.95. ON SEPTEMBER...
ELCA Urges 'Restraint' toward Gay Pastors
FOR YEARS, the largest U.S. Lutheran denomination has avoided some of the rancor over the issue of same-sex relationships that has divided the Episcopal Church and, to a lesser extent, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United Methodist Church....
Elusive Communion
THE CONFLICT in the Anglican Communion over homosexuality is usually represented as a split between the U.S., British and Canadian churches on the one hand and the rest of the Anglican world on the other. Often cited is the 2004 statement issued at...
Generals Erred by Taking Part in Christian Video
High-ranking U.S. Army and Air Force personnel violated military regulations when they participated in a promotional video for a private evangelical organization, according to a report by the Pentagon's Office of Inspector General. A Pentagon spokesperson...
How Scripture Speaks
BREVARD CHILDS, one of the leading Old Testament scholars of the 20th century and a biblical theologian of international renown, continued to publish major new works right up until his death on June 23. His magnum opus was undoubtedly Biblical Theology...
Hunger for Joy
All will be well, And all will be well, And all manner of things will be well. --Julian of Norwich WE READ, C. S. Lewis says in Shadowlands, to know that we are not alone. We read because we want to know if there is a reason to believe....
Little Red Book
THE PRESS has been making much of 29 binders and 2,400 pages of jottings found among the relics of baseball great Joe DiMaggio. According to Clyde Haberman in the New York Times (July 17), no one who reads those jottings will be "stumbling upon Proustian...
Living by the Word: God's Party Time
Sunday, September 16 Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17 I CAN NEVER read stories about Jesus and his closest conversation partners, the Pharisees, without remembering JOY with some bemusement. JOY was the junior girls' group in the small mission...
Living by the Word: Shrewd Steward
Sunday, September 23 Luke 16:1-13 ONE OF THE strengths of my Anabaptist tradition is that it takes the Bible and biblical authority seriously but also expects believers, particularly younger people, to argue and raise questions about the text....
Local Knowledge
MAINLINE PROTESTANTS have spent decades debating homosexuality. The debate is vast and complex, involving biblical interpretation, ancient history, the disputed meaning of certain Greek words and the incomplete findings of biological and social sciences....
Peace Dividend
AS THE SUN rises over Kuala Bubon, Wadi begins mending his fishing nets. Soon he is accompanied by the sound of hammering that echoes across the lagoon where dozens of brightly painted new boats are moored. Two and a half years after the tsunami ravaged...
Protestant Icons Post Job Vacancy Signs
When Bob Edgar announced that he was stepping down as head of the National Council of Churches, someone suggested that he might apply for the soon-to-be-vacant pulpit across the street at the historic Riverside Church. Or perhaps a better fit might...
Religious Leaders Urge Release of Remaining Korean Hostages
As religious leaders around the world called for the release of South Korean church volunteers held hostage in Afghanistan, the head of the World Council of Churches visited in mid-August with families of the humanitarian workers caught up in the ongoing...
SBC Pastor Backs Huckabee, Takes on Americans United
An early candidate for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention has called on Baptists to pray for misfortune to befall employees of a church-state watchdog group. Wiley Drake, a pastor, radio crusader and Baptist gadfly, issued a statement...
Sound Alternatives
DAVID BOWIE called them his favorite iPod download. U2 used their song "Wake Up" as the walk-on anthem for their last tour. Coldplay and David Byrne are unabashed fans. Not bad for a band that just debuted its second album. As Neon Bible (Merge)...
The Arms Deal
WHEN CONGRESS RETURNS from its month-long vacation in September, President Bush will ask members to agree to a package of more than $63 billion in military aid and weapons to our "allies" in the Middle East. Why such generosity? Secretary of State...