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 November 11

Abortion Activists React to Doctor's Slaying
An antiabortion group, Pro-life Virginia, has called the killer of Amherst, New York, physician Barnett Slepian a "hero." Slepian, 52, was shot October 23 by an unidentified sniper who fired through his kitchen window. He was an obstetrician-gynecologist...
Alliance and Coalition Trade Charges
The Interfaith Alliance has accused the Christian Coalition of "manipulation and deceptive tactics" for using churches as distribution points for its controversial voter guides. The coalition, founded by conservative religious broadcaster Pat Robertson,...
Bishop's Murder Remains Unsolved
Exactly six months after the brutal murder of Roman Catholic Bishop Juan Gerardi, more than a thousand people marched through Guatemala City October 26 in memory of the respected champion of human rights. The marchers also demanded that the Guatemalan...
Borg's Bias
The October 7 issue really pulled my cork with Marcus Borg's review of Charlotte Allen's excellent book, The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus. I would imagine that the selection of reviewer was a compromise between, say, Philip Yancey...
Canadian Gambling Targeted
EIGHTEEN Canadian church leaders have sent a joint letter to the nation's justice minister calling for an independent review of state-sponsored gambling in Canada. David Pfrimmer of the Lutheran Office for Public Policy said in late September, "What's...
Fortuna's Rule
IT SEEMS QUIXOTIC these days to oppose gambling. Games of chance have become embedded in our culture, and there are many legal ways to wager one's money. The casino industry, which two decades ago was restricted to places like Las Vegas and Atlantic...
Lonely Crusade: Fighting the Gambling Industry
IN 1992, THE COUNTY board in Galena, Illinois, voted to allow the Silver Eagle, a riverboat casino, to cast anchor in the nearby Mississippi River. Tom Grey, pastor of the United Methodist church in town, was stunned. No one had asked the citizens...
My Friend's Execution
JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT on Wednesday September 24, 1997, I watched as the state of Missouri put Samuel McDonald to death by lethal injection. I had never wanted to witness an execution, and I was devastated by what I saw. How did I come to be at the Potosi...
No National Conspiracy in Church Fires, Say Feds
A federal arson task force has reported that it again found no evidence of a national conspiracy in arsons at black southern churches and said that the number of church fires in general has declined since 1996. "Arson is hard to prove," James Johnson,...
Signs of the King
Psalm 46; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:35-43 WE ALL HAVE our own ideas of what royalty is. When I was about eight, the queen visited the town in the south of England where I lived. Thousands of people packed into a sports stadium...
Terrible Angels
American spirituality being what it is these postmodern days, anything can be turned into an icon, an idol, a god or an angel. I constantly scan the horizon for the impending arrival of the next deity, but it is hard to keep up. Until this week...
The Things That Are God's
Though I grew up during the civil unrest and cultural change that marked the '60s and '70s, my middle-American, middle-class, mainstream-Christian upbringing still led me to assume that patriotism and Christian discipleship were highly compatible,...
When Hungers Clash
HIS NAME I have forgotten, but the image of him eating at our table is indelible. Every month on the first Sunday he would make his way from the back country to the city of Novi Sad, where my father was a pastor. A fellow Pentecostal, surrounded by...