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. 127, No. 21, October 19

A Different Witness
THERE WAS MORE than enough media attention paid to the leader of a tiny church in Florida who threatened to observe the ninth anniversary of 9/11 by burning copies of the Qur'an. I found myself wondering why Terry Jones's bizarre plan warranted around-the-clock...
At 50, Andy Griffith Show Still Providing Wisdom
Say a group of immigrants want to build a mosque in Mayberry, right next to All Saints Church. WWAD: What Would Andy Do? The question, of course, never surfaced in the beloved Andy Griffith Show that chronicled life in the bucolic town of Mayberry,...
Episcopal Bishops Demand Philadelphia Bishop Resign
The Episcopal Church's House of Bishops has called for the "immediate and unconditional resignation" of Bishop Charles Bennison of Philadelphia, who had been charged with not reporting his brother's relationship with an underage girl. "As the House...
Farewell
Farewell Directed by Christian Carion Starring Guillaume Canet, Emir Kusturica, Willern Dafoe and Fred Ward The French spy picture Farewell is literate, complex and thoughtful. It's based on the true story of the Russian spy Sergei Gregoriev,...
How Safe Can We Be?
HEATED DEBATES about whether a Muslim cultural center with a mosque should be built in the proximity of Ground Zero are about many things--about freedom, memory of atrocity, prejudice and American identity; about rallying constituencies in the search...
Mormon Paper Irks Readers on Migrant Stance
THE MORMON-OWNED Deseret News has been taking a relatively liberal stance toward undocumented Latino immigrants whose cause is supported heavily by citizens of Hispanic origin. The international church body based in Salt Lake City has had a longstanding...
Mormons Part of the Mainstream Conversation
Mormons have been making headlines across the nation lately--from HBO's Big Love to California's Proposition 8, from American Idol wannabe David Archuleta to Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, from Senate majority leader Harry Reid to conservative icon...
Prominent Atlanta Pastor Named in Four Abuse Suits
Bishop Eddie Long, the Atlanta-area preacher facing charges from four young men that he coerced them to have sex, told his congregation September 26 he is "under attack" and will fight the allegations against him. "I've been accused," Long told...
Reflection on the Lectionary
Sunday, October 24 Luke 18:9-14 THE PRIESTS ARE up well before dawn. They rub the sleep from their eyes as they begin stoking the great fire at the altar. The musicians arrive in clumps, tune their strings and complain about the early hour. The...
Soldiers against Torture
Their stories are too little told--the stories of U.S. servicemen and women of devout religious faith who, often at great cost, stood up to protest the use of torture in the American open-ended war on terror. Sergeant Joseph Darby is an army reservist...
Sunday Night Services a Fading Tradition
Doug DeVries describes Sunday evening worship as "a lot less formal" than the morning service at Plymouth Heights Christian Reformed Church. It's also a lot less crowded. The Grand Rapids, Michigan, congregation is in step with a larger trend showing...
Tackling Intolerance
ARE AMERICANS becoming--as Time magazine (August 30) suggests--Islamophobic? According to one recent poll, 46 percent of us believe that Islam is more likely than other faiths to inspire violence against nonbelievers, and 34 percent of us don't want...
Theology for Dark Times
I FIRST READ Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison in 1960 while completing my theological studies in South Africa. That edition, the first in English translation, was published in 1953, and because it immediately aroused widespread...
UN Summit on Poverty Gets Mixed Reviews
Leaders of global faith and humanitarian groups have given mixed reactions to a New York summit evaluating the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, which were set forth a decade ago in an effort to reduce global poverty. Political leaders...
Vital Theology
Lists of the "best of" are inevitably somewhat arbitrary, reflecting individual views of what "best" might mean. Not surprisingly, the eight theologians we asked to name five essential theology books of the past 25 years carne up with very different...