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. 113, No. 10, March 20

Archbishop Tutu Defends Gay Christians
Desmond Tutu, Anglican archbishop of Cape Town and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, has spoken out in defense of gay Christians who are members of the Lutheran church in Norway. Archbishop Tutu, one of the leading opponents of racial discrimination...
Celibate Passion
CELIBACY IS A field day for ideologues. Conservative Catholics, particularly those raised in the pre-Vatican II church, tend to speak of celibacy as if it were an idealized, angelic state, while feminist theologians such as Uta Ranke-Heinemann say, angrily,...
Circulation of Elites
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JOSEPH AND STEWART ALSOP are little remembered today, but the two columnist brothers once towered over the pundit profession. Robert W. Merry has written their cobiography, Taking on the World: Joseph and Stewart Alsop--Guardians...
Learning to Pray: An Interview with Roberta C. Bondi
IN HER WORK as a church historian Roberta C. Bondi has sought to make the wisdom of the early church and the insights of monastic spirituality available to contemporary Christians. Her books To Pray and To Love and To Love as God Loves (both from Augsburg...
No Plot in Church Burning, Say Officials
Federal officials say they have found no evidence of any widespread conspiracy behind the many suspicious fires that have destroyed black churches across the South recently, although one investigator says at least some of the fires are "likely connected."...
Political Buyout: Dole and the Christian Coalition
THINK OF BOB DOLE as a corporation rather than a political candidate. On Super Tuesday Bob Dole, Inc., secured the Republican nomination for president, and now needs to engage in a leveraged buyout (LBO, as it is called in the world of finance) of another...
Rift Threatens Orthodoxy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AS THE Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexsy II presided at a liturgy February 23 in Moscow's Cathedral of the Epiphany, he omitted from the day's prayers the name of the pre-eminent leader of Orthodox Christians worldwide, Ecumenical...
Sauntering: Ministry within Limits
DEAR JONATHAN: I appreciate your letter about experiences in your first parish, and I want to respond to your remarks about the tension between feeling "at home" and "not at home." Feeling at home helps us penetrate the thoughts and feelings of our parishioners,...
The Acts of God: What Do We Mean by Revelation?
REVELATION has become a controversial word in theology. Exegetes argue that it is not really a biblical category; philosophical theologians announce that they can make no sense of it. Many see "appeals to revelation" as the enemy of reflection and therefore...
The Unnatural Truth
THE SUNDAY of the Resurrection is not only the greatest day of the church year; it is also the only one that is set by the moon. Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the spring equinox. As complicated as that...
Will We Do Nothing? Preventing Genocide
DESPITE SHARP disagreements among people in the United States, Europe and elsewhere over what went wrong in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, everyone agrees that when tragedies engulfed these lands the international community was sadly unprepared to...