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. 118, No. 24, August 29

Assemblies to Allow Some Divorced Clergy
By a narrow margin on a secret ballot, the Assemblies of God have voted to permit men and women who were divorced before becoming Christians to seek ministerial credentials within the large Pentecostal denomination. The resolution was approved by...
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Catholic Bible Scholars Protest Translations
Recent Vatican guidelines on liturgical translation are in some parts "sufficiently ill-advised as to be the likely occasion of embarrassment to the church," according to board members of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. In a letter dated...
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DiIulio Exits Beltway
JOHN J. DIIULIO JR.--a Democrat in the Republican White House and, as he once put it, "an Italian Catholic bull in an evangelical china shop"--is leaving his faith-based office amid praise for promoting honestly a Bush proposal that continues to engender...
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Greek Orthodox Elect New Jerusalem Leader
Overcoming strong Israeli efforts to block his candidacy, the Greek Orthodox Church has elected Ireneos I, a 62-year-old bishop, as the new patriarch of Jerusalem. He now becomes one of the most powerful Christian leaders in Israel, head of the church...
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Hanson Chosen to Lead ELCA
Unsurprisingly, the new bishop of the 5.1-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a man of Scandinavian ancestry who has close ties to the Midwest, and whose hair is rapidly turning white. That description pretty well matches the profile...
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Into the Inferno?
Rage and fear in Macedonia MACEDONIA BECAME an independent nation without firing a single shot. For a time it seemed that this small country: of about 2 million might avoid the kind of interethnic warfare that marked the destruction of the former...
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Language War
THE LATEST BATTLE in the Middle East language war is over how to describe the killing of Palestinian leaders by file Israeli army. Israel prefers the term "targeted killings" to describe the deaths of 40 Palestinians who have been killed in their cars,...
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Liturgy for Life
The political meaning of worship IN EXPLORING THE minister's public obligations, it would seem sensible to bypass the activity of worship and concentrate on the minister's social service, on the grounds that the latter bears most directly on politics....
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Maturing Downward
WHAT ARE your ambitions?" an administrative colleague asked me recently. I am not often speechless, but this time I didn't know what to say. I briefly considered explaining my understanding of vocation, especially in relation to my primary identity...
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Newsworthy
READERS HAVE sent me some items with which I cannot part and that I would like to share with you. To wit: "God First Ministries" of Chicago has a bulletin addressed to "Dear Public Service Announcer." It reads, in part: GFM "is holding its annual...
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Nonviolent Force
WITH THE HORRIFYING RESULTS of Palestinian car bombings and suicidal bombers regularly displayed in newspapers and on television, Americans are not likely to associate "nonviolent protest" with the Palestinian cause. But in fact nonviolent protest...
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Peace Paradigm
Nonviolent protest in Palestine WHAT? DO YOU WANT them to commit suicide?" That was the response of Sis Levin, a Columbia University specialist on finding alternatives to violence, when asked if Palestinians should be encouraged to engage in nonviolent...
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Profit and Loss
Sunday, September 23 Amos 8:4-7; Luke 16:1-13 RECENTLY SEVERAL PASTORS and seminary students told me that they will do "whatever it takes ... to be effective in ministry ... to turn their church around ... to work for the kingdom." While moved by...
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School: The Story of American Public Education
School: The Story of American Public Education. Produced by Sarah Mondale and Sarah Patton. Public Broadcasting System. School: The Story of American Public Education. By David Tyack et al. Beacon, 233 pp., $30.00. ON ANY GIVEN school day...
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Sin Insulation
Sunday, September 16 Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 51:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10 THE SINS REVEALED in these first three scripture passages are blockbusters--betrayal, idolatry, adultery and violence--the raw material for larger-than-life stories...
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Surprised by Beauty
I WAS AWAY on a retreat recently when the mirror surprised me. Normally, I can hardly bear to see my own face in the mornings, so it was only by chance that I happened to glance into the mirror as I turned on the light switch. There was my face looking...
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The Wrong Signal to Black Churches
The following comments on DiIulio's resignation are excerpted from an article written for Religion News Service by Samuel K Atchison, an ordained minister, social worker and prison chaplain in Trenton, New Jersey. For many who work on the front...
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Webspeak
PEOPLE DON'T READ on the Web--they scan. Researchers Jakob Nielsen and John Morkes found that 79 percent of their test users always scanned Web pages and only 16 percent read them word-by-word (www.useit.com/alertbox/ 9710a.html). But the Web challenge...
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World Makers
THE PEOPLE WHO have the best background for becoming pastors in today's church are high school foreign language teachers," Stanley Hauerwas declared during a recent discussion between Duke University faculty and seminarians. "Why?" people asked...
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