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. 3, February 12

Bishops Make Moves on Episcopal Chessboard
In a scenario that may be performed repeatedly in months ahead, the Episcopal Church has declared that two bishops have "abandoned the communion of the church"--John-David Schofield, whose diocese in California has completed its voting to leave the...
Blessed Messes
IN HIS RECENT BOOK The Jesus Way, the unfailingly helpful Eugene Peterson observes: "Community is intricate and complex. Living in community as a people of God is inherently messy. A congregation consists of many people of various moods, ideas, needs,...
Dinosaurs in the Garden: A Visit to the Creation Museum
FUNDAMENTALISTS ARE often justly lampooned for being uncritical about matters of history and science. I have heard young-earth creationists haplessly respond to questions about dinosaur bones by suggesting that they were planted by the devil to test...
Ecumenical Group Decides to Sit out Presidential Race
Christian Churches Together in the USA--the nation's broadest and newest group devoted to ecumenism--says it will stay out of the presidential campaigns but hopes to convey its top concern--combating domestic poverty--to the president-elect before...
God in Evolution: The Nature of Divine Power
WHILE CONTROVERSIES over evolution continue to arise in some sectors of American Christianity, most mainline Christians have made their peace with Darwin. We may not grasp all the nuances of the scientific debate, but we have concluded that evolutionary...
Habitat's New Controls Concern Some Affiliates, Including New Orleans
A months-long effort by Habitat for Humanity International to retool relations with its 1,600 local affiliates has raised concerns in Habitat's productive operation in New Orleans, where volunteers have built more than 100 low-cost replacement homes...
Living by the Word: Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, February 17 Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 121 THE URGE TO TRAVEL is in Abraham's genes. According to Genesis 11, his father, Terah, uprooted the family from the southern Mesopotamian town of Ur and headed north to Haran. He intended to lead the...
Map Quest
A FRIEND stopped by the other day having just come back from Iran. She brought with her a gift of sweets from the Iranian city of Qom. The only English on the box was an address in case I might want to drop in during a future visit to Qom. It reads:...
Philippine Protestant and Catholic Leaders Plan Continued Activism
Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders in the Philippines, Asia's most predominantly Christian nation, have said they plan to be as active in the affairs of civil society this year as they have been in the past. Christians have been active in the...
Presbytery OKs First Step for Lesbian's Ordination
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved in 2006 a procedure for ordaining gay and lesbian candidates for ministry, but the first step in that direction was not taken until a San Francisco regional body did so last month. Lisa Larges, 44, who has...
Property Fight in Virginia Costs Millions
THE COURT BATTLE over church assets between the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and 11 breakaway congregations has already cost both sides more than $2 million between them, according to representatives. The secessionist Anglican District of Virginia...
Social Insecurity: Linking Retirement and Personal Responsibility
ONE OF THE GREATEST fruits of high productivity and rising incomes in a country like the U.S. is the financial ability people have to retire. This possibility was beyond the imagination of pre-World War II workers and is still far beyond the expectations...
Stranger on the Steeple: Lessons from a Homeless Man
OVER THE YEARS, the ten-foot-high fiberglass steeple had gradually weakened. The hot sun and brutal winters had changed it into a streaked and stained obelisk. Its coat of paint was flaking and splintering and its cracks widening. The "case of the...
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Unlikely as it sounds, director Tim Burton missed all the jokes in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The origins...
Trust Exercise
THE BLIZZARD HIT more suddenly than predicted, dumping several inches on us by noon and stopping traffic dead in all the streets leading from our town to the outlying country. I was rushing to an appointment and, impatient with the slow progress of...
Wall of Shame
Mr. Gorbachev--tear down this wall." Ronald Reagan's demand in 1987 regarding the Berlin Wall needed no nuancing. It was obvious that many East Germans wanted to enter the politically free and economically prosperous West and that leaders in East Berlin...