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. 129, No. 2, January 25

After Carnage in Nigeria, Faith Leaders Seek Unity but Fear Religious War
After Muslim militants bombed a Nigerian church over the Christmas weekend, northern Nigerian Christians say they will fight to defend themselves against a possible religious war in Africa's most populous country. On Christmas Day, a suicide bomber...
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Barely Enough: Manna in the Wilderness of Depression
SOMETIMES I WISH one of the Gospels told a story in which Jesus slumps in the shade of a tree and can't make himself face another crowd or meet one more supplicant's plea for help. If, for example, in Mark's account of the stormy voyage on the Sea...
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Catholic Crystal Cathedral: Great Deal or Odd Choice?
Even by the depressed metrics of Southern California's real estate market, the Catholic Diocese of Orange negotiated a sweet deal when it purchased the iconic Crystal Cathedral, the longtime pulpit of Robert H. Schuller and the backdrop to his popular...
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Christianity by the Numbers
With 2.18 billion adherents, Christianity has become a truly global religion over the past century as rapid church growth in developing nations offset declines in Christianity's traditional strongholds, according to a new comprehensive report. Billed...
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Courage to Date: Kerry Cronin, Relationship Adviser
KERRY CRONIN has become known at Boston College as the "dating doctor," because of a talk she's developed on dating and relationships. Cronin offers students a specific script for dating. Trained as a philosopher, she is writing a doctoral dissertation...
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Devotional Difference
ONE OF THE THINGS I love best about teaching in a divinity school is that there are many opportunities to worship. At least once, and sometimes two or three times a day, groups of students, staff and faculty gather to pray, meditate, share the Eucharist,...
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Hopes Rise in Haiti for New Episcopal Cathedral
Among the casualties of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti two years ago this month was Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Port-au-Prince. Now, with the support of donors from the U.S. and around the world, construction on a new cathedral...
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Israeli Protesters Resist Influence of Ultra-Orthodox
With its department-store-sized windows, the Kolben Dance Company's studio faces a busy Jerusalem plaza, but few passersby have ever glimpsed one of the troupe's rehearsals inside. The studio's shades were drawn three years ago, after extremists...
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Mating Games: Changing Rules for Sex and Marriage
EQUAL MARRIAGE is a social experiment of yet unknown proportions. No wonder we are confused. Most of our social scripts--from romance novels, fairy tales, movies, the advice that we gleaned from our parents and grandparents--are based on older forms...
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Mylo Xyloto
Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay [Capitol] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Two of the most popular bands from across the pond in recent years-Mumford & Sons and Coldplay-have unmistakable spiritual currents flowing through their music. Yet Coldplay lead...
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New Christians in Israel
Anyone with a taste for sharp satire will enjoy the wickedly funny 2003 film James' Journey to Jerusalem, which uses the familiar device of a wide-eyed Candide figure to expose the foibles of contemporary society--in this case, the state of Israel....
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Pay Pals: A Small Group for Debtors
FIVE YEARS OF putting Christmas gifts and vacations on credit cards had caught up with Scott Sorrentino. In the fall of 2010, the married father of three was carrying $6,000 in debt, and the chance to escape from it seemed years away. "I'm more...
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Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, January 29 Mark 1:21-28 MY DAUGHTER WAS eating lunch with a friend at an inner-city diner when they saw a painfully thin young woman stagger down the center of street outside, her face and limbs contorted and flailing, her eyes rolled...
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Religious Freedom Panel Wins 11th-Hour Reprieve
WITH A last-minute vote in mid-December, Congress saved an independent religious freedom watchdog commission that was about to shut down. The bill reauthorizing the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a three-year period...
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Sex on Campus
CULTURAL OBSERVERS have lately seen an irony in current male-female relations: though young adult women are in many ways empowered as never before and have an increasing presence in higher education and in the professions, men still control relations...
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The Descendants
The Descendants Directed by Alexander Payne Starring George Clooney [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Alexander Payne's film fancies itself a tragicomic story of spiritual redemption. It's about a wealthy but neglectful husband and father who learns...
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The Politics of Meat Safety
Last year, a study found that 47 percent of meat at U.S. supermarkets contains the pathogen Staphylococcus aureus--and that 52 percent of these bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. This resistance stems from the practice of giving healthy livestock...
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Twelve Charged in Amish Beard-Cutting Attacks
Federal prosecutors have expanded their case against members of a breakaway Amish sect for their roles in shaving the hair and beards of people considered to be their religious enemies. An indictment issued in December in U.S. District Court in...
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Uncredited: Was Ursula Niebuhr Reinhold's Coauthor?
IN EARLY AUGUST 1969, an elderly Reinhold Niebuhr found himself in one last intellectual dogfight. In an article for Christianity and Crisis, "The King's Chapel and the King's Court," he blasted President Richard Nixon for holding Sunday morning worship...
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Young Adult
Young Adult Directed by Jason Reitman. Starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt Judging by the ads, you might think that this tale of a former high school prom queen who returns to her small Minnesota town to reclaim her old...
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