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. 123, No. 18, September 5

Alliance of Baptists to Appeal U.S. Fine for Cuban Travel
The Alliance of Baptists plans to appeal a Treasury Department notice alleging that churches affiliated with the group violated rules regarding travel to Cuba and should be fined $34,000. The notice, dated July 5, said itineraries of five churches...
California Episcopal Bishops Seek to Stop Diocese's Moves
In a conflict that could have wide repercussions for the deeply divided Episcopal Church, four California bishops have accused a fellow prelate of planning to break away from the church and have asked a disciplinary panel to stop him. By allowing...
Can We Coexist?
FIVE YEARS INTO the "war on terror," are Americans any safer? Thankfully, there has been no major terrorist attack on American soil post-9/11, and that probably is not for terrorists' lack of effort--as we were reminded by the plot, foiled in mid-August,...
Capital Interns Learn to Mix Faith and Policy
Maggie Machledt says she experiences God in her internship at Joseph's House, a community-based hospice for formerly homeless people. The recent Hope College graduate mops floors, does clerical work, cleans bedpans--and on a recent scorching afternoon...
Church Voice on War Measured, or Muffled?
AS BOMBS AND ROCKETS rained from the skies in Lebanon and Israel, the American presidents of international Lutheran and Reformed fellowships joined with the World Council of Churches to plead for an immediate cease-fire, saying that "the world cannot...
Compost for the Kingdom
ADELA AND I were hauling water for the first spring crops--peas, potatoes, spinach and lettuce. With five-gallon buckets in each hand we headed down to the creek, dipped our buckets, hauled them back up the hill, then handed them Off to another crew....
Edgar Urges Move to Key 'Middle' Values
Bob Edgar, who steered the National Council of Churches out of financial disarray after becoming general secretary in January of 2000, has been known as a United Methodist minister who could beat the odds. Edgar began his string of six congressional...
Heroes
WHEN IT WAS announced that Oliver Stone would be directing a film about the downing of the twin towers on 9/11, there was a collective gasp. Would Stone focus on one of the many conspiracy theories about the disaster, as he did in JFK? Would he transform...
Law Puts Cross under Federal Ownership
President Bush in mid-August signed into law a measure that aims to preserve a controversial cross on public land in San Diego. The law permits the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial to be owned by the federal government, marking the latest juncture in...
Living by the Word: God's Choice
Sunday, September 10 James 2:1-17; Mark 7:24-37 THE JUXTAPOSITION of this text from James with Mark's story of the healing of the Syro-Phoeniclan woman reveals a wicked sense of humor on someone's part. The passage in James begins with an assertion...
Living by the Word: In the Know
Sunday, September 17 James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38 MY WIFE and I have two sons, 12 and 14, and a standard-size refrigerator. Hence, we spend a lot of time at the grocery store. As I wait to pay for one day's installment of food, I am invited to...
Myth-Buster
DEAR PASTOR Gregory Boyd: My editors do not favor the "open letter" genre, so let's consider this a "closed letter," something I'd more or less sneak to you. I have the impulse to write because I have been reading so much about you and your ministry...
No More Scapegoats: How Jesus Put an End to Sacrifice
CHRISTIANS ARE often urged to get over their exclusive focus on Christ's death. There have been numberless crucifixions, numberless religious sacrifices, we are told. It happens all the time. Yet Christians talk about this death as "once for all."...
Palestinian Issue at Root of Violence, Says Ex-Lebanon Hostage
Benjamin Weir, a former Presbyterian missionary who was held hostage for more than a year in Beirut two decades ago and has maintained friends in Lebanon ever since, says failure to reach a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East is at the...
Re-Creation
OUR CHILDREN expect peculiar vacations. While their friends go to Disney World or the beach, we go to monasteries and rare book libraries, making a holiday out of castles and forests along the way and returning with odd bits of nature or history for...
Repackaged
IF YOU'VE never seen a film written and directed by Woody Allen, then you've missed about one a year for a biblical generation. Those who have seen them all are like the old-timers in the congregation of a long-serving minister: they know that Allen...
Revgals Online
I NEVER MEANT to start a blog. But one day I was reading Real Live Preacher (reallivepreacher.com) and followed one link to another link, then landed on a page where a woman was describing how she told her young daughter that a beloved congregant had...
Sacred Book Club: Reading Scripture across Interfaith Lines
ON A BLUSTERY Wednesday evening in central London, about a dozen people from different parts of the city made their way to St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. They included an attorney from a large London law firm, a political lobbyist,...
Talking Points
DURING THE FIRST Iraq war, after the United States started dropping bombs as a prelude to Desert Storm, homiletics professor David Buttrick surveyed mainline churches around the country to see if the war had been mentioned on the previous Sunday, whether...
Violence Undone: James Alison on Jesus as Forgiving Victim
JAMES ALISON has lectured and taught throughout the U.S., the United Kingdom and Latin America. His books, which include The Joy of Being Wrong, Fragments Catholic and Gay and Raising Abel, are strikingly original in presenting central Christian claims...
War Plan
ON JULY 12, Hezbollah fighters crossed the border separating Israel from Lebanon. They killed several Israeli soldiers and captured two others, spiriting them across the border into Lebanon. Those who want to believe the best about Israel will say...
Whodunit?
ACCORDING TO theologian David Ray Griffin, the attacks of 9/11 were not the work of jihadist suicidal terrorists but were orchestrated by the Bush administration to provide the pretext for its military adventures and its quest for global dominance....