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. 111, No. 9, March 16

Aftermath of a Massacre
REACTION FROM American Jewish leaders and organizations was harsh and swift in condemning the February 25 massacre of dozens of Muslim worshipers by an American-born Jewish settler in the West Bank city of Hebron. American Muslim leaders also denounced...
Being Contented
DEAR ELLEN: Of course you're right that when I said you should find something you care about and devote yourself to it with a whole heart, I didn't mean you had to do just one thing your entire lite. As Rousseau said, my ideas are all consistent, but...
Bernardin Vindicated, Says Fellow Bishop
Archbishop William Keeler of Baltimore, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, has welcomed the dropping of sex-abuse allegations against Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago, declaring March 1 that the influential prelate has been...
Can We Achieve Broad-Based Sustainable Development?
THE WORLD clearly needs a new model of development for the countries of Eastern Europe, for the developing countries and for the industrialized countries. We need development that is based on a healthy economy, widely shared benefits, effective governance,...
Church Defies Ruling on Gay Pastor
A regional disciplinary panel of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has voted to defrock a pastor in Oakland, California, after finding him guilty of violating church law by being a "practicing homosexual." However, the decision has not resolved...
Denominationalized
DENOMINATIONS are dead. So you have read and heard. There is something to it: all denominations, conservative to liberal, are broke. People pinch pennies more tightly in these days of localism and mistrust of the remote. And denominations fail to define:...
Denominations Defend Conference Attendance
Officials at the headquarters of both the Presbyterian Church (U,S.A.) and the United Methodist Church are standing by their decisions to lend physical and economic support to a controversial feminist theological conference, But critics within both...
Ending without End
AS AN END to a story, this one is wholly unacceptable: a white-robed young man whispers enigmatic promises while women scurry away in fear and astonishment. Mark's story has led us to expect much n tore. But now it is over. There is no Great Commission,...
Philadelphia
Philadelphia, the other American film in competition, is not the controversial picture its advance publicity has promised, but a cautious, carefully packaged combination of two made-for-TV genres: the deadly-disease picture and the courtroom drama....
Theology and Economics in the Postcommunist Era
AMONG THE FIRST tasks in the field of theology in my country--the Czech Republic--is overcoming the ghetto mentality that both the churches and theology adopted under the communist regime. This task applies to both the Catholic and Protestant churches...
The Olympic Question: What Is a Human Being?
CHRISTIANWORSHIP and Olympic games--do they belong together. What has the Olympic "culture of winning" to do with "by grace alone"? Are we trying to Christianize a heathen myth? Has the Christian church an "Olympic cause," or are we only after a place...
Unlearning 'Learned Helplessness': The View from Poland
Poland is in the midst of a transition from on political and economic system to another. Because of the dramatic differences between the two systems, the problems of adaptation are enormous. One of the most debilitating problems is the state of learned...
White
DIRECTOR Krzysztof Kieslowski, born in Poland and now working in Paris, has emerged as perhaps the most important film artist in Europe. White, the second film in his trilogy Three Colors, was shown three times at the Berlin Film Festival last month,...