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. 12, June 16

According to One Poll, Majority Is 'Pro-Life'
CONSERVATIVE GROUPS are hailing--and some pro-choice commentators are questioning--a new Gallup poll that finds that a majority of Americans now describe themselves as pro-life. The figures, released May 15 from a survey conducted May 7-10, show...
A Faith Explosion
Most Western observers of the Christian scene have learned to take African developments very seriously. They know that Africans will make up an increasing share of most denominations. The thriving churches of Nigeria and Uganda have become familiar...
Common Ground Elusive in Abortion Debate
Will President Obama's plea for common ground on abortion during his speech at the University of Notre Dame persuade ardent abortion opponents to work with the new president? At first glance, it seems unlikely. "Each side will continue to make its...
Congregants Make Better Citizens, Says New Study
FIRST, THE SILVER LINING: people of faith are better citizens and better neighbors, and the U.S. is "amazingly" religious compared to other countries, says Harvard University professor Robert Putnam. Now, the cloud: young Americans are "vastly more...
Full Disclosure
ON APRIL 1, Robert Powell resigned from the Dallas police force. Powell is the rookie police officer who stopped NFL player Ryan Moats for rolling through a red light. Moats explained that he was rushing his wife to her dying mother's side, but the...
How Many in Mainline? Categories Vary in Surveys
Americans who identify with mainline churches make up either 18 percent of the U.S. population or 13 percent, according to two large-scale surveys taken within recent years. Which is right? Both are, say some researchers. The statistical variations...
In Bush Years, Pentagon Reports Quoted Bible
THE PENTAGON included Bible verses on the covers of confidential reports at the start of the Iraq war, featuring photos of soldiers and quotes about putting on "the full armor of God" and seeking divine help, according to GQ magazine. The magazine's...
Is Anybody There?
Is Anybody There? Directed by John Crowley. Starring Michael Caine and Bill Milner. The low-budget English production Is Anybody There? is now reaching screens in the United States, thanks to the presence of Michael Caine in the lead role....
Maison Shalom
I HAVE TO TELL YOU about Maggie," my colleague said excitedly. He was just back from Africa, and I was eager to hear about his work and his meeting with 100 Christian leaders from east-central Africa. But he wanted to talk about Maggie. "Love made...
Majority Rule?
Democracy is a wonderful form of government, especially compared to the alternatives. Giving everybody a vote provides a nonviolent means of managing conflict and of holding leaders accountable to the will of the majority. But democratic process...
Old Hickory
WHAT I KNEW about Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, was pretty much confined to the popular image of him: he was the hero of the battle of New Orleans and a "man of the people." After reading Jon Meacham's American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the...
Orthodox Resurgence
IMMEDIATELY AFTER his inauguration as president of the Russian Federation in May 2008, Dmitry Medvedev proceeded to a Kremlin church, where Patriarch Aleksy II blessed him and gave him an icon of the Vladimir Mother of God, to which Russians over the...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, June 21 Mark 4:35-41 IF YOU'VE ATTENDED college, you know the kind of dream I'm talking about. It goes something like this: You're a student again on a campus that looks totally unfamiliar, and you're running to get to an exam that started...
Religion News Coverage Is Suffering, Says Journalism Professor
The 21st-century world cannot be understood without an understanding of religion, says religion journalist-turned-professor Gustav Niebuhr. "It's a terrible irony that religion is so prominent in Me world and yet so absent from the news," Niebuhr...
Slings and Arrows
AS A BOY I ALWAYS had a rather sunny disposition and, for the most part, the people around me reflected back to me warm affirmation in return. My parents communicated to me in their own ways that they loved me as a son and liked me as a person. I was...
'Ugliest' Church Wins Fight to Raze Building
In a much-watched controversy, city officials have cleared the way for a Christian Science congregation to raze what has been called Washington's "ugliest church" in a fight that has pitted the church against architectural preservationists. Parishioners...