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. 128, No. 17, August 23

9/11: Ten Years Later
Many commentators said that the world changed for America on 9/11, that we "lost our innocence," that we needed to find a "new normal" to accommodate our heightened sense of vulnerability. Some said we had woken from a slumber and that this attack...
Advice and Consent: Monogamy in the Age of Dan Savage
When congressman Anthony Weiner resigned his seat over embarrassing online activities, the possibility that the revelations might shed light on the uses of the divine law in Reformation theology was not foremost in the national conversation. All the...
Biblical Mystery Tour
THE FIRST TIME I visited Jerusalem, Saddam Hussein was invading Kuwait. My stay at Saint George's College began with a safety drill that included some mention of gas masks, which made me a light sleeper for the rest of my stay. During the 20 years...
Bloggers Buzz over Murdoch as 'Bible Mogul'
The scandal involving Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid empire brought scrutiny to, of all places, western Michigan and the Zondervan publishing company. Among the major holdings in Murdoch's News Corporation is publisher HarperCollins, which owns...
Campus Crusade Switches Its Name to 'Cru'
Campus Crusade for Christ is out. "Cru" is in. The 60-year-old evangelical ministry recently announced its new name, saying the old name had become problematic. "We've been having issues with two words in the name--campus and crusade," said Steve...
Consumers Mobilize in Culture Wars
When you buy a pair of shoes, a spicy chicken sandwich or a gym membership, does that mean you endorse everything about the company you are dealing with--including the CEO's religious beliefs? It's a question that has long plagued socially conscious...
Gone to Waste: Why Is Safeway Throwing out Good Produce?
IT'S TUESDAY, AND I'M making my rounds at the local Safeway, shopping for the Community Meal kitchen, sponsored by the Episcopal church I attend. I work as a cook there once a week. In my small, remote town in the Colorado mountains, Safeway is the...
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--Part 2 Directed by David Yates Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Ralph Fiennes There's never been anything quite like the Harry Potter movies--a film series that overlapped with...
In the Meantime: Christians in Public Life
Several years ago I met in Washington, D.C., with a group of about two dozen young Christian professionals who worked on various congressional staffs and in lobby groups, federal agencies and think tanks. I found them to be a very thoughtful group,...
John Stott, 90, Was Major Shaper of Evangelicalism
John Stott, a renowned and prolific author credited with shaping 20th-century evangelical Christianity, died July 27 in England at age 90. While not a household name like evangelist Billy Graham, Stott was considered nearly as influential. [ILLUSTRATION...
Kenya Promises to Expand Refugee Camp
The Kenyan government has promised to expand a refugee camp for thousands of desperate Somalis fleeing a drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, and faith groups and humanitarian agencies are praising the move. The Lutheran World Federation "welcomes...
Kneel as You Are Able
Unless you're Pentecostal, you've probably never ran or jumped or worked up a sweat in church. But whatever your tradition, there is such a thing as churchly calisthenics. One such exercise is noted regularly in my church's worship bulletin: "Kneel...
Liberal Theologian, Mentor Gordon Kaufman Dies at 86
A member of the Harvard Divinity School faculty for more than three decades, Gordon Kaufman, who died July 22 at 86, had a profound influence on rethinking theology in naturalistic terms, arguing for a vision of God as the "profound mystery of creativity,"...
Living by the Word: Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, August 28 Exodus 3:1-15; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28 THE LIFE OF MOSES is so large and significant that it's hard to imagine that we have anything in common with him--until he opens his mouth. As soon as he starts...
Right-Wing Extremist or Christian Terrorist?
The mass murders in Oslo have raised a host of agonizing questions, but few have such an ancient lineage and contemporary resonance as whether Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist behind the attacks that killed 76 Norwegians on July 22,...
Tech Detox: Unplugged at Church Camp
With over 360 acres of lush terrain, a lake, an outdoor chapel, a large community garden, a zip-line and a high ropes course, Chestnut Ridge Camp in North Carolina offers activities that engage summer campers with nature, with God and with each other....
The Norwegian Response
Norway prides itself on being peace-loving, free and open. It maintained its neutrality during both world wars (although many Norwegians resisted when the Nazis occupied their country). Though it belongs to NATO, it refused to host nuclear weapons...
What's Behind Renewed China-Vatican Friction?
When China's state-run Catholic Church ordained a new bishop for the Diocese of Shantou this summer without the Vatican's approval, it represented the latest step back from years of progress in a complex relationship. Yet the main causes for the shift...