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. 126, No. 9, May 5

Balancing the Books: Hard Times in Religion Publishing
CONVENTIONAL wisdom holds that when times get bad, people turn to religion. But that's not the case in religion publishing. Like other business executives in the current economic doldrums, religion publishers are cutting expenses in the face of declining...
Best Sellers
Oxford University Press 1. Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley Jr and Glen M. Leonard 2. Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction by Richard Lyman Bushman 3. Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of...
Blest Be the Ties That Bind
While I never suffered the childhood trauma of parents getting divorced, I know as an adult what it is like to suffer with a divided family. That is because I am an Episcopalian. As everyone knows--the late-night arguments and breaking of dishes have...
Books to Start With
What book would you recommend to someone eager to learn more about Christianity, someone who is just coming alive to the faith and to the power of the community of faith--the church--and who is full of questions about these matters? I would suggest...
Churches Dread Giving Pink Slips
As many congregations grapple with declining contributions, some faith communities are following the lead of cash-strapped corporations by laying off employees. But when you're putting someone's spiritual leader out on the street, the task is more...
Entry Points: Church as a Hosting Community
IF IT IS a little difficult to find your way into Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles, it isn't because there are too few doors, but because there are so many. Enter one way and you walk through a charter...
I Love You, Man
I Love You, Man. Directed by John Hamburg. Starring Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones and Jason Segel. I got this problem. There's this guy I want to be better friends with. We've been out with other people for drinks, talked at professional events and had...
Japanese Theologian Kosuke Koyama
KOSUKE KOYAMA, a Japanese Christian theologian who was a proponent of contextual theologies rooted in the experiences of ordinary people, is being lauded for his far-sighted commitment to religious pluralism and dialogue. Koyama, who taught for...
Letters Indicate Church Knew of Abuse in 1950s
A Catholic priest who specialized in treating sexually abusive priests strongly advised church leaders--including Pope Paul VI--that abusers should be defrocked and possibly exiled to a Caribbean island, according to correspondence recently unearthed...
Making for Home
WHEN I WAS a child I spoke as a child, understood as a child, reasoned as a child. I knew my parents loved me best and assumed my several siblings all agreed. I mistook abundant love for especial favor and blessings for entitlements, and I took pride...
NAE Leader Steps Softly into Immigration Debate
The president of the National Association of Evangelicals has taken a rare step into the immigration debate, saying that the long waiting period for citizenship must be shortened and that other reforms should be pursued. "There are inconsistencies...
On Music
The world's most popular rock band lives in constant contradiction. As U2 itself put it in the 1988 hit "God Part II": "I don't believe in riches, but you should see where I live." The group at times proclaims Christ with power and passion, but it...
Postlude
THERE IS NOT MUCH applauding in the church I serve, and that's all right with me. When applauding in church becomes routine, it loses any meaning. But sometimes applause happens simply because it needs to happen. The gratitude and praise have to be...
Presbyterians, Lutherans Cut Jobs, Reduce Budgets
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America both have slashed their 2009 budgets, cutting programs and laying off scores of personnel as denominations continue to suffer from the recession....
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, May 10 Acts: 8:26-40 THE RECORD OF an Ethiopian eunuch and Philip meeting on a road to Gaza ignites the imagination. Why was this Ethiopian eunuch traveling on this road? Tradition relates that Ethiopia was founded by the great-grandson...
Stimulus Package
If the economic recession has made people more receptive to spiritual concerns and theological insights, that interest has not translated into sales of religion books (see Marcia Nelson's report on p. 12). In fact, religion book sales have gone down...
Two Lovers
Two Lovers. Directed by James Gray. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw and Elias Koteas. The romantic drama Two Lovers is the perfect small movie. James Gray and his co-writer, Ric Menello, were inspired by Dostoevsky's...
Vermont Is Fourth State to Approve Gay Marriage
Nine years after becoming the first state to allow same-sex civil unions, Vermont has become the first state to approve same-sex marriage without a court order. The Vermont House on April 7 overrode an earlier veto by Governor Jim Douglas in a 100-49...
White House Releases Final Faith-Based Panel Names
President Obama has named nine new advisers to the White House office for religious and community groups, adding a gay rights leader, an Orthodox Jew, a black Pentecostal bishop and others to an eclectic 25-member council. The bulk of the council,...