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. 117, No. 9, March 15

Avoiding Church Splits
REGARDING "Let denominations split, says PCUSA motion" (News, Feb. 16): I am persuaded that those mainline denominations that are publicly wrestling with the issue of gay/ lesbian ordinations have reached an impasse that will not be overcome in the...
Churches Receive a Smaller Portion
Individuals are donating a smaller percentage of their income to the church, according to a new study of 15 evangelical and mainline Protestant denominations by empty tomb inc., an Illinois-based Christian research organization. In 1997, congregants...
College Librarian Released by China
Officials at United Methodist-related Dickinson College are celebrating the release of a faculty member who was detained in China for several months. Yongyi Song, the librarian at the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, college and a U.S.-based Chinese scholar,...
Elian's Hometown
THE U.S. EMBARGO against Cuba is crumbling of its own absurdity. An increasing number of religious, academic and business groups are eager to visit Cuba. The Clinton administration makes it easy to obtain travel permission (just get a license from...
Extraordinary Lives
THE LAST TIME I wrote about scanning the obituaries, I referred to people whose accomplishments were widely recognized. This time I will look at the lives of the less known, to illustrate ordinary goodness in an often ungood world. I hope the papers...
Faithful and Respectful
THREE YEARS AGO, on the very first broadcast of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, the PBS program I host, we did a feature on a stretch of road outside Washington, D.C., that has been nicknamed the "Highway of Heaven." Side by side, block after block,...
Farrakhan Moves Closer to Historic Islam
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan pledged February 27 to knit closer ties between his breakaway movement and more orthodox Muslim bodies during his annual "Savior's Day" speech in Chicago. Mainstream Muslim leaders had hoped that Farrakhan would...
Glimpses of Goodness
SCIENCE FICTION, mystery, comedy, serious drama, cartoons, art film--with the exception of musicals, slashers and cowboy pictures, I love movies. My husband, Richard, also enjoys them, though he is less fussy about the type of movie he watches. So...
God after Auschwitz: Tradition and Change in Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought
God After Auschwitz: Tradition and Change in Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought. By Zachary Braiterman. Princeton University Press, 208 pp., $35.00. ZACHARY BRAITERMAN challenges a well-subscribed theory about the delay in the expression of post-Holocaust...
God Spoke These Words
Exodus 20:1-17 IT WAS Boxing Day 1989. Romania was in turmoil. The previous day, President Nicolae Ceausescu, unable to quell the tide of dissent in Bucharest, had been tried and executed. Now no one was in charge. Western reporters flooded into...
Guns, More Guns
WHERE WERE THE PARENTS? we ask when a kid commits a crime. In the case of the first-grader in Mount Morris, Michigan, who brought a gun to school and shot classmate Kayla Rolland to death on February 29, we know where the parents were: the mother was...
Martin Luther: Exploring His Life and Times, 1483-1546
Martin Luther: Exploring His Life and Times, 1483-1546. By Helmar Junghans. CD-ROM. Fortress, $39.00. WRITTEN BIOGRAPHIES of Martin Luther abound, but only one multimedia, hypertext CD-ROM attempts the tale. As a Luther scholar and sometime software...
McCain Attacks Religious Right
REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) on February 28 lashed out at the "self-appointed" leaders of the Religious Right, calling them "agents of intolerance" and comparing them to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and...
New Life for Denominationalism
ON THE CUSP of the 21st century, a strange thing is happening. Congregations--not all, but a noticeable number--are choosing to highlight their denominational particularities. While for some this might not seem so strange, for much of the 20th century...
Oregon Suicide Law Used by 27 People
Twenty-seven terminally ill people used Oregon's two-year-old assisted suicide law to end their lives in 1999--11 more than the year before, according to a report released February 23 by the Oregon Health Division. Nearly two-thirds--17--were cancer...
Rabbis Criticize Schedule for Pope's Israel Trip
Israel's chief rabbis complained February 9,8 that the schedule for Pope John Paul II's Holy Land visit late this month would force Jews to desecrate the Sabbath in order to control crowds and protect his entourage. But the rabbis also denounced antipapal...
The King Assassination: After Three Decades, Another Verdict
IN DECEMBER a jury in Memphis, Tennessee, concluded that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a conspiracy involving Loyd Jowers and "others, including governmental agencies." Almost 32 years after King's murder at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis...