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. 125, No. 13, July 1

As God Sees It: A Baseball Story
IN FIFTH GRADE my Little League baseball team lost its first five games, and then our coach quit. We got a new coach, a 16-year-old named Don Crosby. Don was a great player and should have been on the high school team, but he hadn't passed enough classes...
Calvin Professor Leaves over Worship Rules
A Calvin College assistant professor who was denied an exemption from school policy that requires faculty to belong to the Christian Reformed Church said she is leaving for a teaching position in California. Calvin officials said a deal was in the...
Christians Hail Nepal's Shift to Secular Republic
Christians in Nepal have joined in celebrations to mark the transition of the Himalayan Hindu kingdom of Nepal into a secular republic after a decision by the nation's newly elected constituent assembly to abolish the monarchy. "This is a victory...
Church-Specific Chapels a Dying Breed at Airports
Most of the 30 or so chapels at U.S. airports are tucked in a corner or on a second floor that isn't well traveled. And most are small and plain. But the Regina Caeli Chapel at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport is different, and what makes...
Conservative Anglicans Say 1,000 May Attend Jerusalem Event
An independent, pre-Lambeth Conference gathering in the Holy Land of Anglican conservatives who oppose churches they consider too liberal on gay and scriptural issues was expected to attract up to 1,000 participants to the June 22-29 event in Jordan...
Cutting Carbon: A Strategy to Stabilize the Atmoshpere
IN THE LAST YEAR or so, the data about climate change has grown steadily darker. The scale and the pace of global warming seem larger and faster than we realized even a few years ago. Perhaps the most powerful proof was the rapid melt of Arctic sea...
Ecumenical Group Limps as Two Churches Cut Ties
An ecumenical group of Christian denominations that was determined to address racism inside and outside the church is facing an uncertain future after officials of two of its three black member churches stopped attending its meetings. The group,...
Faith Groups Pool Funds to Aid Gulf Coast
A diverse group of faith-based organizations has raised $4.5 million for two disaster relief funds that will aid affordable-housing projects, help rebuild small businesses and develop community centers on the Gulf Coast. The Isaiah Fund LLC, a project...
Free to Believe
THE FOURTH OF JULY is certainly not a church holiday, but it is an opportunity for the church and the preacher to reflect on the history of the republic, the extraordinary group of leaders who gathered in Philadelphia to declare independence and their...
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf and Karen Allen. The biblical archaeologist at my seminary once donned Indiana Jones-inspired attire to publicize...
Line Dance
THE NEXT TIME I head for the airport security line, ready to be scolded for wearing too large a wristwatch, I will have to make a quick decision. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) now asks passengers to sort themselves into three different...
Obama: On Finding a Balanced Church
WITH THE added backing of delegates and superdelegates on the final day of primary elections, Barack Obama declared himself the winner June 3 of the hard-fought Democratic presidential campaign, becoming the Democrats' presumptive nominee and the first...
On Music
The band R.E.M. is easy to love--and hate. In the 1980s the group from Athens, Georgia, defined college and indic rock. It grafted locomotive Rickenbacker guitar and bass onto the no-nonsense beats of Bill Berry and the barely audible but alluring...
Peace-Church Colleges Wrestle with Having Armed Guards
In the wake of shooting rampages at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University that together left nearly 40 people dead, several colleges that previously relied on unarmed security staff-such as Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan--have taken...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, July 6 Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30; Romans 7:15-25a AT A RECENT WEDDING, I watched a mother try to lure her little boy onto the dance floor. She invited him to dance to a slow song, and then tried again when a fast song was played. She winked...
Religion-Politics Mix Proves Perilous
M'itt Romney and his Mormon faith. Mike Huckabee and his ."Christian leader" ads. John McCain and John Hagee. Hillary Clinton and her "prayer warriors." Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright. The 2008 election has featured an extraordinary emphasis on religion....
Shared Space: The Ethics of Satellite Use
AT 6:18 P.M. EDT on May 19, 1998, the primary control processor of the Galaxy 4 satellite failed. Twenty-two thousand miles below, millions of Americans discovered that their pagers and credit cards no longer worked. The failure disrupted video feeds,...
Sharing Wisdom
WE LIVE IN AN AGE of great conflicts and petty hopes. Take first our hopes. In the book The Real American Dream, Andrew Delbanco traced the history of the scope of American dreams--from the "holy God" of the Puritan founders, to the "great nation"...
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Directed by Andrew Adamson. Starring Ben Barnes, Sergio Casteltitto, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes. Like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), the first non-animated...
The Fourth of July: How Does a Christian Celebrate?
ON JULY 4, 1976, I was one of the smallest soldiers in the Revolutionary Army. In that year bicentennial fever swept through the U.S., and I caught an especially acute case. Soldiers from George Washington's army occupied my bedspread. The seal of...
The Politician's Pastor
It's been an odd season for pastors and would-be presidents. The latter have been renouncing the former faster than you can say "damage control. Barack Obama quit his membership at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago after Catholic priest Michael...
Witness in Sudan: An Interview with Oliver Duku
AS A GERMAN-TRAINED medical doctor, Oliver Duku was director of health services for Southern Sudan until the government based in Khartoum forced him from his job. Duku turned to the Episcopal Church of Sudan for help. The church recognized his gifts...