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. 126, No. 7, April 7

Art You Can Believe In: Image Editor Gregory Wolfe
IN DECEMBER, the arts-and-faith journal Image published its 20th-anniversary edition, showcasing the work of poets, short-story writers, theologians and essayists as well as visual artists. Under the direction of Gregory Wolfe, Image has become one...
A Saint for Hard Times
I'VE BEEN WONDERING who would be a good patron saint for the deepening recession in which we find ourselves. The obvious candidates are those paragons of frugality who learned to live without a steady income or the comfort of regular meals. St. Francis,...
Congregational Snapshot: Four Church Trends
PROBABLY EVERY CHURCHGOER can say how his or her church is changing or has changed. It is much more difficult to know whether the experience of any particular congregation fits into a larger pattern. We need a bird's-eye view to answer such questions....
Coraline
Coraline. Adapted and directed by Henry Selick. The entrancing animated feature Coraline, faithfully adapted by Henry Selick from Neil Gaiman's marvelous children's novel, is an Alice in Wonderland story. The feisty, sharp-witted Coraline (voiced...
Earmark Excess
Complaining about earmarks is a staple of U.S. politics. The specific projects that members of Congress tack on to spending bills have long sparked public outrage. For most Americans, the idea of building a $320 million bridge from Ketchikan, Alaska...
Giving Up Online Social Networks for Lent?
Most days you can find college sophomore Adan Farrah on his laptop checking in with his classmates, looking at photos and updating his personal page on Facebook. For the 19-year-old and many of his friends, the social networking site is something...
Mainline Called Uncounted Force for Change
The White House has an oft-over looked religious ally for solving the country's social problems through greatly expanded government programs, if a new survey of senior pastors in mainline Protestant churches is a good indication. Republican politicians...
Obama Ends Federal Funding Ban on Stem Cell Research
With an executive order, President Obama made official what many scientists had long anticipated and many religious conservatives had long feared--he lifted his predecessor's near-total ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. "In...
Poll Watching: Tova Wang on Election Reform
POLITICIANS AND ACTIVISTS were making sweeping accusations about voter fraud during the 2008 election season, warning that thousands of illegitimate registrations had been submitted and that election theft was immiment. Is the registration system vulnerable...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Easter Sunday April 12 John 20:1-18 IN HIS COLLECTION of poems titled After the Lost War, Andrew Hudgins chronicles the life of a Confederate soldier during and just after the Civil War. In "What Light Destroys," the soldier fondly recalls a...
Shootings Give Rise to Church Security Concerns
The day after a church shooting on a March Sunday that left an Illinois pastor dead, church security consultant Marc Brooks fielded calls from eight congregations eager to get firearms into the hands of worship staff or volunteers. But keeping a...
Stand and Deliver: Performers in the Pulpit
AT THE ANNUAL BANQUET of the University of Chicago Divinity School, a first-year student knocked 'em dead with a stand-up comedy routine. But then Rebecca Anderson has had some practice: she was a stand-up comic. "When I tell people here I grew...
Survey: U.S. Grows Less Religious, Less Christian
The nation has grown less religious in the last two decades, a new study shows, with a 10 percent drop in the number of people who call themselves Christians and increases in all 50 states among those who are not aligned with any faith. Between...
There's a Word for It
New inventions often result in new words, or neologisms. Radar, for instance, emerged as an acronym for a "radio detection and ranging" device. Cultural developments also evoke new words and phrases, such as cyberspace (originating from science fiction),...
Wilderness of Uncertainty
THEOLOGIAN N. T. WRIGHT says that even when you are in the Promised Land you are never far from the wilderness. I'm not the only preacher who has pondered how our nation has gone so quickly from the promised land of abundance to a wilderness of economic...