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. 124, No. 2, January 23

Advice and Dissent: An Address at West Point
Bill Moyers delivered the Sol Feinstone Lecture on "The Meaning of Freedom" at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on November 15, 2006. The following is an excerpt. IN THE MONTHS leading up to the Iraq invasion, Rupert Murdoch,...
A Healing President and Devoted Episcopalian
FORMER PRESIDENT Gerald R. Ford, praised in death as a low-key healer for the nation in the troubled aftermath of the White House Watergate scandals and the Vietnam War, was eulogized in a succession of Episcopal services at the turn of the new year....
Barnyard Dance
A SERIES OF recent books, like Erich Schlosser's Fast Food Nation, Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and Andrew Kimbrell's Fatal Harvest, have exposed the deadly side of America's highly industrialized food production system. The system relies...
Biblical Therapy: Southern Baptists Reject "Pastoral Counseling"
IT WAS NOT a big surprise in 2005 when Southern Baptist Theological Seminary announced that it was making a "wholesale change" in its counseling program. The Louisville school, flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, declared that it...
Church Growth Keys: Multiracial, Happy, More Males Active
Congregations interested in increasing their weekly attendance would do well to make a plan for recruiting new members, become multiracial and make sure that serious conflict doesn't take root. That's the message of an analysis recently released...
Film Picks
WHEN DIRECTOR John Ford asked a young Henry Fonda to play Abraham Lincoln in the film Young Mr. Lincoln, Fonda protested that he could not possibly take on the role of such a major figure. Ford responded: "You are not playing the Great Emancipator....
Gay Marriage Setback in Massachusetts
In a surprise move, Massachusetts legislators took a first step toward banning same-sex marriages in the first and only state to make them legal. If the state legislature approves a ban in another vote during the 2007-2008 session, the initiative will...
Grandma McCann's Neighborhood
I WAS REARED just a few miles from the University of Chicago on the city's South Side. As a kid riding past, I was certain that its buildings were haunted. After all, there were gargoyles clinging to the edge of every Gothic building, and where there...
It's about God
Sunday, February 4 Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 LAST FALL A FRIEND of mine attended a lecture at the University of Mississippi delivered by Stanley Hauerwas. His talk was followed by an invigorating, hour-long question-and-answer...
Latinos Moving Away from Catholicism
The bongo drums and keyboard at Iglesia El Shaddai, a Pentecostal church in Elizabeth, New Jersey, are being played so briskly that they could support a conga line. The Salvadoran-born pastor shakes a tambourine, some women rock their hips and everyone...
Let Them Grunt
WHEN I WAS young I spent two summers "icing" refrigerated cars on Burlington trains. We shuttled, shirtless, atop railroad cars under the Sioux City sun to the 16-degree ice-making room, from which we dragged out 300-pound cakes of ice. Our Heft truck...
Life on the Outside
MELVIN BAILEY spent five years in prison for selling drugs. After he got out of prison, he did what most ex-offenders do: he returned to his neighborhood and looked for work. But there weren't many jobs on Chicago's West Side, and even fewer open to...
Mormons Agree to No LDS Proxy Baptism of Simon Wiesenthal
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints removed the name of Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal from a list of those to be posthumously baptized, after the organization bearing his name issued a statement calling for the removal....
Parallel Universe
THE YEAR: 1944. The place: a makeshift military encampment in the verdant countryside outside of Madrid, where a company of Spanish soldiers is methodically eliminating the few remaining resistance fighters trying to topple the fascist government of...
Rest Assured
Sunday, February 11 Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 6:17-26 IN WENDELL BERRY'S novel Jayber Crow, the main character works to come to terms with who he is. At midlife, after going through a crisis, he says, "Now, finally, I really had lost all desire...
Reuniting Reformed Churches Would Stir Discord, Study Says
The two sisters grew up worshiping in the same church. Today, they feel like they still are--despite being in different denominations. So, Patricia Rock and Lynda Barendse-Witte ask, why not reunite the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) with the Reformed...
True Patriot
DURING THE HEIGHT of the Vietnam War, Bill Moyers was President Lyndon Johnson's press secretary. It was his responsibility to explain to the press and the world what was happening and why the U.S. was doing what it was doing. He was also present as...