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. 125, No. 17, August 26

Anglican Unity in 'Grave Peril' If Gay Bans Not Enforced, Williams Says
The three-week Lambeth Conference in England concluded with essentially the same prognosis that bishops of the global Anglican Communion were given before they met in Canterbury. The spiritual leader of the communion said it will be in "grave peril"...
Baylor Regents Remove President over Failure to Unify Factions
John Lilley, president of Baylor University, has been fired for failing to "bring the Baylor family together," says Howard Batson, chair of the university's board of regents. The regents voted July 24 to remove Lilley from office, effective immediately,...
Court Upholds Ruling against Council Member's Jesus-Specific Prayers
In a decision hailed by supporters as a victory for the separation of church and state, a federal appeals court upheld a Fredericksburg, Virginia, policy that restricts praying "in Jesus' name" at city council meetings. City council member Hashmel...
Faith Groups Work with UN to Limit Arms Trade
Religious and peace groups have offered qualified praise for a recent non-binding United Nations agreement on small arms that they say takes a step in efforts to curb the trade in illicit weapons. A weeklong conference at the UN in New York ended...
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Directed by a Guillermo del Toro. Starring Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair and Luke Goss. The makers of Hellboy II: The Golden Army must have had the time of their lives. The director, Guillermo del Toro,...
Language Lessons
DURING THE 1990-1991 Gulf War, George Dardess, an English teacher in Rochester, New York, watched on television as the U.S. dropped "smart bombs" on Baghdad. He felt anger and self-reproach. He turned to his wife and said, "I am complicit in this war...
Living by the Word
Sunday, August 31 Romans 12:9-21 LIKE AN ARTIST sketching in broad strokes on a huge canvas, Paul in the first 11 chapters of Romans has traced with great intensity God's patience and persistence at making peace with humanity. The strokes get broader,...
On Music
Nick Cave might not be well known, but time spent with this complex Australian rocker is well spent. He doesn't shy away from dense theological issues, which he explores in a rambling, lyrical style that recalls Jim Morrison at his poetic peak. Having...
Out of Darkness
AN ASTRONOMER FRIEND of my husband's introduced him to the WorldWide Telescope a few months ago, and we've been staring into the heavens ever since. "Which planet would you like to see first?" my husband asked me once he had loaded the program onto...
Reid Proposes Federal Antipolygamy Task Force
Law enforcement officials from three western states have urged the creation of a federal task force to combat polygamy--a proposal that members of a polygamous sect called an attack on religious freedom. The task force proposal is included as part...
Revelations in Iowa
August 26, 2008 For the past several months the debate over U.S. immigration policy has centered on the tiny town of Postville, Iowa. In May, government officials descended on the town and arrested almost 400 immigrants who worked at a kosher meat...
Taking Awe Breaks
I LOVE LIVING in a big city: the energy, the pace, the sirens. I love being able to walk or ride a bus to work, or catch a train to the airport. I love crowded sidewalks, tourists craning their necks to see skyscrapers, businesspeople with briefcases...
The Chinese at Worship: Official and Underground Christianity
IN THE 1950s, the communist government of China expelled all foreign missionaries. Many Americans have seen black-and-white photos of missionary families sitting next to piles of luggage on the wharves of Shanghai, waiting to sail home. We know much...
The Road Taken
AT AGE 12, when I still thought I was or would be or could be a poet, John G. Neihardt figured large in my imagination. For 50-plus years he was Nebraska's poet laureate. He began his editing and writing career in a cottage--really a shack--at the...
Three Faiths, Three Friends
THE THIRD ANNUAL interfaith Passover Seder meal at University Congregational Church in Seattle was a "bring your own wine" event. Tables for 300 guests were impeccably set with goblets and fresh flowers; two kinds of charoset (a pasty blend of fruit...
Trust Betrayed: A Crisis in Congregational Life
IT WAS WEDNESDAY. Time to visit my youth intern again. I really, really disliked Wednesday mornings. As I walked out of the office, I said, "Be back around noon," to my administrative assistant. She knew where I was headed and smiled in support. ...
Unitarians Steadfast after Church Shooting
Unitarian Universalist leaders say a fatal shooting at a church in Knoxville, Tennessee, will not deter them from continuing their socially progressive teachings, even as police say those beliefs appeared to be a factor in the deadly rampage. One...