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. 122, No. 22, November 1

Bush Courts Evangelicals for Nominee Support
BEFORE JOHN ROBERTS was approved by the U.S. Senate as chief justice, backers of the federal judge, an active Catholic, warned that the nominee should not be put to an unconstitutional "religious test" in evaluations of his suitability. But soon after...
Campaign Opposes 'Intelligent Design'
Hundreds of clergy, scientists and academics have launched a grassroots campaign to oppose religious conservatives, beginning with concerted opposition to the teaching of "intelligent design" in public school science classes. The Campaign to Defend...
Celebrity Reporter
BASED ON Gerald Clarke's exhaustive biography, Bennett Miller's Capote covers the six years that Truman Capote spent working on In Cold Blood. The film begins at a noisy New York cocktail party where Capote is the center of attention, regaling his...
Court Choices
PRESIDENT BUSH has had two chances to install on the Supreme Court a hard-core conservative pledged to overturn Roe v. Wade at the first opportunity. On each occasion he has decided not to go there. In the case of John Roberts, he picked a moderate...
Devil in the Details: When Faith Is Ruled by Fear
PEOPLE SAY 'God is dead.' But how can they say that when I show them the devil?" So asks Emily Rose in a note read after her death in The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Emily explains from beyond the grave that the Virgin Mary appeared to her and offered...
Ex-Senator Danforth Slams Harsh Rhetoric
As a three-term U.S. senator and a former ambassador to the United Nations, Missouri Republican John Danforth has all the credentials and connections to savor the spoils of his party's dominance in Washington. Instead, at age 69, Danforth is combining...
High Court Debates Assisted Suicide Law
Epitomizing what is at stake in the battle over a replacement for retiring justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a skeptical Supreme Court heard arguments early last month in a case involving Oregon's assisted-suicide law. The justices are considering whether...
High Tea: When Law and Religious Practice Conflict
WHAT ARE THE limits of religious freedom? The Supreme Court will take up that recurrent question on November 1 when it hears arguments in a case involving O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao Do Vegetal, a small sect that blends Christianity with South...
Holy and Digital
I BELIEVE IN one, holy, catholic, digitized Christian church. That's a credible postmodern paraphrase of the ancient creed. Why digitized instead of apostolic? For the ancient Christians, apostolic signaled continuity through the centuries with...
Living by the Word: Hopeful Grieving
Sunday, November 6 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 MY WIFE IS afraid of heights. She didn't like flying out west, and she didn't want to peer down into the Grand Canyon. I wonder how she would feel at the end of time, "caught up together with the saints...
Living by the Word: Trojan Horse
Sunday, November 13 Matthew 25:14-30 CLARENCE JORDAN used to say that a parable from Jesus was like a Trojan horse: You let it in, and Bam!--it's got you. But this business about the "talents" has never quite "gotten" me. Yes, it has that marvelous,...
Local Color: American Religion, Region by Region
MANY OF US are fond of referring to "American religion," as if that were a thing to be described. But anyone who has spent much time on the ground (or in churches) knows that there are lots of ways in which that term has to be modified, and one of...
Myths & Metaphors: Janet Soskice on Reason, Religion and Language
JANET MARTIN SOSKICE of Cambridge University has been at the forefront of a theological movement (largely inspired by Karl Barth) that asserts a renewed confidence in the intelligibility of theology. Her book Metaphor and Religious Language (Oxford...
Relief Agencies Add Quake, Floods to List
Religious relief agencies, already faced with numerous disasters in the past year, have begun assisting survivors of a massive earthquake in South Asia. After a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook Pakistan, India and Afghanistan October 8, Catholic Relief...
Staying Power
THE CONGREGATION I serve recently surprised me by publicly recognizing the 20th anniversary of my arrival. I've never understood why longevity in ministry is any more deserving of celebration than staying the course as a physician, teacher, police...
The First Face
IT'S DAD'S BIRTHDAY next week, I tell the boys. What shall we get him? Without hesitation, they chime in: the Phacops rana at A2Z. A2Z is a science and nature store in town, where our youngest is taking weekly yo-yo lessons. His father has been admiring...
Unsafe Sex: Still Watching 'Sex and the City'
MY HUSBAND and I have acquired the somewhat embarrassing habit of settling down on the couch to watch reruns of Sex and the City. Despite having aired its final episode on HBO a few years ago, SATC continues to intrigue Americans, who are buying the...