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. 128, No. 9, May 3

Adventist Growth Boosted by Immigrants
When the 2011 edition of the Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches was published in February, the Seventh-day Adventist Church drew special notice for its reported 4.3 percent jump in membership. It turns out, however, that the figure was miscalculated....
Bestsellers
InterVarsity Press 1. The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love by James Bryan Smith 2. The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions by Karl W. Giberson and Francis...
Books of Consequence
WARREN FARHA is the founder and owner of Eighth Day Books, a theologically oriented bookstore in Wichita, Kansas, which aims to stock books that "shed light on ultimate questions in an excellent way." We talked with Farha about running his independent...
British Astrophysicist Wins Templeton Prize
A British theoretical astrophysicist who has achieved renown for his study of the cosmos and for sounding warnings about the future of humanity has won the $1.6 million 2011 Templeton Prize. Martin J. Rees of Cambridge University, a former president...
Churches Address Refugee Flight from Libyan Chaos
The World Council of Churches, the Conference of European Churches and the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe have expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in Libya after reports that 250 migrants fleeing the chaos were missing after...
Essential Books on Youth Ministry
Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, by Christian Smith and Melina Lundquist Denton (Oxford University Press). Nearly every new youth ministry effort is attempting to respond to the sociological research presented...
Governing Desire
Recently some friends were debating the role of government. Before long, a version of libertarianism, that degenerate form of liberalism now so popular in American politics, reared its head. "Government," said one of the disputants, "has an important...
Ground Zero Cross on the Move Again
The cross at Ground Zero was one of thousands of I-beams used to construct the iron skeletons of the World Trade Center towers. This one fell from the fiery, apocalyptic heavens during the 9/11 terror attacks and stuck upright in the ground, in a field...
Heaven Comes to Us
FOR MANY thoughtful Christians, meaningful language about heaven has fallen steadily from their grasp. In a scientific age, "heaven" as a place where God reigns and people go when they die has gradually slipped the moorings of plausibility. In 1941,...
High Court Takes Dim View of Church-State Barrier
The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to an Arizona school tuition credit program that critics contend has principally benefited religious institutions. The 5-4 decision, combined with a 2007 ruling rejecting a similar challenge to the Bush administration's...
Huckabee Defends Praise of Revisionist Historian
Former and possible future presidential candidate Mike Huckabee went on Comedy Central's Daily Show to defend his praise for David Barton, a leading advocate for the view that America was founded as a Christian nation--a view using what critics call...
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre Directed by Cary Fukunaga Starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Judi Dench Dramatic adaptations of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre tend to go for romantic embroidery and Gothic grandiloquence. But the new movie version,...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, May 8 Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Luke 24:13-35 "When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it and gave it to them" (Luke 24:30). A SPOKEN WORD, a bit of bread, a sip of wine: in a world that is spinning out of control...
Road Trips
ONE DAY in January, my son Jacob and his college roommate Ben were busy packing our family's 11-year-old Subaru wagon. One of their professors had approved their independent project for January term credit. Loosely put, the project was to involve extensive...
Rob Clearfield: Beyond Versatile
Rob Clearfield Beyond versatile Every so often there's a new talent who sounds like bottled lightning. Chicagoan Rob Clearfield, not yet 30, is blessed as well with a relentless work ethic. Currently playing in at least half a dozen musical projects,...
Senate Hearing Looks at Muslim Rights, Harassment
It was billed in Washington as the first-ever congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. But it played more like a second act than a premiere. In many ways, the hearing led by Senate Democrats on March 29 was the dramatic antithesis...
Spring for Books
MARTIN MARTY laments the moment when you realize you are not going to read all the books you hoped and planned to read--and you will have to depend on what others are saying about books you will not get around to reading. The shelf where I place...
Turmoil in Tripoli
WITH THE SOUND of NATO bombs in the background, the priest of the Anglican Church of Christ the King in Tripoli, Hamdy Daoud, explained that most Christians have fled the city in search of safety, but that he and other ministers had remained. "Even...
Where's the Courage?
When House budget chair Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) announced his budget proposal for 2012, columnist David Brooks called it the "most courageous budget reform proposal ... in our lifetimes." Ross Douthat praised it as "brutally honest." Jacob Weisberg said...