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. 125, No. 10, May 20

Benedict's Visit
Benedict XVI has a reputation as a blunt, rigorous teacher of doctrine, so it was perhaps surprising that the highlight of his much publicized visit to the U.S. was an unexpected private pastoral act--his meeting with people who had been sexually abused...
Brand Loyalty
ON THE WAY to the airport for my TWA flight to St. Louis, I gassed up at the Standard station. When I got to the airport, my plane was delayed so I had time to drop in on Crown Books and then stopped at the Rexall concession to get some aspirin. Having...
Building Relationships: An Interview with McCain's Pastor
THE PRESUMPTIVE Republican nominee for president, Arizona senator John McCain, has for 15 years attended North Phoenix Baptist Church, which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The pastor of the church for that same period has been...
Carter's Middle East Mission
AN EDITORIAL IN the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz (April 15) sharply criticized Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert for Israel's "boycott" of Jimmy Carter during the former president's recent trip to the Middle East. Olmert refused to meet with Carter;...
European Lawmakers Urge Broader Abortion Rights
Lawmakers from the 47 countries in the Council of Europe have said women should be guaranteed the right to "safe and legal abortion"--a resolution that faced heavy criticism from Roman Catholic groups. The council's parliamentary assembly, in an...
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Directed by Nathan Frankowski. Starring Ben Stein. Darwinists are communists. And Nazis. They hate our freedom. And--this might be worst of all--they are New Atheists. Or so suggests the film Expelled, Ben Stein's...
Faith Forums
SOMETHING POPE Benedict XVI said about immigration while he was in the U.S. sent CNN commentator Lou Dobbs into a rant that went something like, "We don't need popes or preachers telling us what to think and how to vote.... Religion is about saving...
Gene Robinson Takes on More Risky Ventures
The death threats have lessened over the five years since Episcopalians affirmed V. Gene Robinson's election as their church's first openly gay bishop. But the man who symbolizes, for many, a defiance of a traditional understanding of scripture and...
Horizons of Hope: A Critique of 'Spe Salvi'
"In hope we were saved" (Spe salvi facti sumus). Pope Benedict's encyclical Spe salvi, released in late 2007, begins with this quote from Paul's letter to the Romans (8:24). Benedict goes on immediately to speak of redemption: "According to the Christian...
How to Be Anglican
EVERY TEN YEARS bishops of the worldwide Anglican Communion assemble in England for the Lambeth Conference. This summer's meeting is much awaited in light of the 77-million-member communion's highly public wrangling over the issue of homosexuality....
Krister Stendahl Hailed as Scholar, Church Reformer and Interfaith Pioneer
Krister Stendahl, a biblical scholar, one-time Lutheran bishop of his native Stockholm and former dean of Harvard University Divinity School, is being remembered for his pathbreaking efforts in Christian-Jewish understanding and his plainspoken support...
Living by the Word: Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, May 25 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Mathews 6:24-34 MY WIFE AND I have found a great remedy for those times when life seems overwhelmingly stressful, our worries mount, and our inner resources seem depleted. We consider the birds of the air....
McCain's Faith, Pastor Hard to Pigeonhole
John McCain has a deep and personal Christian commitment despite his reluctance to speak publicly about it, according to the man that the Arizona senator and presumed GOP presidential nominee claims as his pastor. Dan Yeary, pastor of North Phoenix...
More Power to You
SPEAK TRUTH to power." The phrase resonates with the biblical prophets and the courage it takes to challenge those who become preoccupied with maintaining their power at the expense of truth--as well as justice, fairness and compassion. The phrase...
Obama's Ex-Pastor Speaks out, Defends Black Church
After weeks of public silence, Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. defended the black church and his preaching in a series of appearances, leading political analysts again to ponder Wright's effect on the presidential campaign of Illinois senator Barack Obama....
On Music
New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, largely inhabited by poor African-American residents; looks not much different now from when the floodwaters receded. You have to wonder how Washington would have reacted if Katrina had hit a wealthy, white gated community....
Pope Warns against 'Prophetic Actions'
Pope Benedict XVI capped a six-day visit to the United States, his first as pontiff, with a public mass at New York's Yankee Stadium in which he declared the need for U.S. Catholics to be obedient to church authority. To more than 50,000 people, the...
Snow Angels
Snow Angels. Directed by David Gordon Green. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell and Michael Angarano. David Gordon Green's Snow Angels begins with the discordant sounds of a small-town high school band practicing on a football field under gray...
Speed-Hump Victory: Community Organizing
ON THE CAMPAIGN trail, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have spoken of their backgrounds in community organizing. Clinton refers to formative experiences knocking on doors in south Texas when she ran the state Democratic Party's 1972 voter registration...
Splitting Up: Anglican Angst
LAST YEAR THE Church of the Resurrection in suburban West Chicago closed its doors and put its building up for sale. The Episcopal congregation had suffered membership losses 14 years earlier when some conservative members left to start their own church,...
Zimbabwe Churches Warn Country Faces Genocide
CHURCH LEADERS in Zimbabwe have called on the UN and African regional groups to step in to stem the violence that has been reported following disputed elections, and have warned that without intervention the country will witness genocide. "As the...