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. 114, No. 16, May 14

A Curious Man
When I was ten years old, I wanted to be a detective. With Nancy Drew as my guide and my best chum Margaret at my side, I set out to solve a local murder mystery. We combed the neighborhood for clues and turned up scraps of paper we imagined were...
A Dose of Moral Adrenaline from Dr. Laura
Dr. Laura Schlessinger is rude, judgmental and moralistic. So why am I often tuning in to her weekday radio show and cheering her on? Because she has a knack for penetrating callers' evasions and excuses and piercing the psychobabble of complaint....
A Multicomplex Reality: Diversity and Reconciliation in Indonesia
The word "multicomplex" became a part of the Indonesian language under Sukarno, the first president of the republic, which became independent in 1945. (Like many Javanese, Sukarno used only his given name.) Made up of approximately 17,000 islands...
Antipoverty Efforts a Nuisance?
For 14 years, Loaves & Fishes seemed to exemplify George Bush's idea that community groups should form "a thousand points of light" to combat societal ills, especially poverty and homelessness. Launched in 1983 as a modest soup kitchen, Loaves...
A Revelation
I know a pastor who recently received a letter from a junior high student. "Dear Pastor: The seventh grade Sunday school is interested in doing a sermon on the Book of Revelations. If there is anything important I need to know, please call me. Tips...
A Time to Be Born: Technology Challenges Old Assumptions
A 59-year-old woman told a California infertility clinic that she was only 50, and four years later gave birth to a baby girl. The clinic, which sets 55 as the maximum age for patients seeking a donated egg, was fooled by the woman's relatively young...
Bill Hybels on a Megachurch Ministry
Adelle M. Banks, correspondent for Religion News Service, recently spoke with Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, on a wide range of topics, including his church's approach to evangelism and his relationship with President...
Chavis Slated to Lose Ministerial Standing
A United Church of Christ committee has recommended terminating Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.'s standing as an ordained minister in the church, after hearing him discuss his conversion to the Nation of Islam and ask to remain a UCC minister. The 12-member...
Pastoral Competence: Clergy 'Malpractice.'
Are we heading for a ministerial malpractice muddle? The courts have generally refused to allow malpractice suits against clergy, but last year the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that a woman could sue a priest who had counseled her for multiple-personality...
While Held Hostage, Priest Remained Pastor
"If someone had told me yesterday that I would be home by nightfall, I wouldn't have believed them," said Juan Julio Wicht Rossel, a Jesuit priest and one of the 72 people held by guerrillas in Lima, speaking after the dramatic raid on April 22 by...