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. 126, No. 23, November 17

An Education
An Education. Directed by Lone Scherfig. Starring Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina and Emma Thompson. Set in early 1960s London, An Education is a coming-of-age film about a sharp-witted teenager who falls in love with a man...
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Calls to Boycott Census Split Protestant Latinos
With less than six months to go before the start of the 2010 census, immigration reform activists--divided over whether undocumented immigrants should volunteer to be counted--are escalating rhetoric as they seek critical support from Latino evangelical...
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Can Introverts Lead? Breaking Down Stereotypes
AS THE SENIOR PASTOR and I walked into the church office, we were greeted by two silver-haired women who were there to fold bulletins for the upcoming Sunday. At the sight of the senior pastor, their faces lit up and they quickly interposed themselves...
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Demoniacs Have Names: A Challenge for Ministry
MEMBERS OF the stewardship committee have arrived. They grab cups of coffee and join me around a table. There's some chatter about summer vacations, and then we're off and running through a familiar discussion about this year's campaign. That's when...
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Few Share Muslims' Concerns about FBI Surveillance Program
When a local Muslim activist told Chuck Warpehoski that the FBI was using undercover informants to collect information on people attending mosques, he knew that the issue could not be ignored. After all, Warpehoski said, his group, the Interfaith Council...
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Financial Fix
Last month the U.S. Treasury Department gave vent to public outrage at the financial industry and ordered companies that were bailed out by government funds to reduce the basic salaries of their top 25 employees. The huge salaries and bonuses that...
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Nonbelieving Authors Make Room for Belief
Bruce Sheiman doesn't believe in God, but he does believe in religion. Setting aside the question of whether God exists, it's clear that the benefits of faith far outweigh its costs, he argues in his new book, An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity...
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No Offense Given
EARLY IN OCTOBER, Yale was abuzz with passionate debates about the freedom of expression. Participants included Yale students and professors, as well as prominent alumni such as John Bolton (former U.S. ambassador to the UN) and David Frum (economic...
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Our Stalker Culture
We're all stalkers now. We are virtual stalkers, for we can obsessively track the joys and mishaps of celebrities via the 24/7 news cycle. Fascination with celebrity has been around for a long time, of course. But the advent of movies and television...
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Papal Invite Unlikely to Lure Many U.S. Defectors
ALTHOUGH MANY exEpiscopalians in the U.S. identify with Catholic rules against ordaining women and noncelibate gays to the priesthood, the traditionalists heading their own rival Anglican organizations in North America say that few followers are likely...
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Perception Gap: Two Tales, One Church
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TWO CHURCH MEMBERS came in to talk to me on the same day. The first said the church had betrayed her, limited her, injured her. She described the church as indifferent, cowardly and sick. The second member said the same church...
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Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, November 22 John 18:33-37 "So you are a king?" THE QUESTION IS Pontius Pilate's. It's early morning, and the air in the room is laced with lamp oil and irony. Jesus stands before him bound, his cheek puffy from a slap by the high priest's...
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Report Says Access to Contraception Led to Decrease in Abortions
A rise in contraceptive use has led to a decline in unwanted pregnancies and consequently a decline in abortions worldwide--from 45.5 million procedures in 1995 to 41.6 million in 2003, according to a study released by the Guttmacher Institute. ...
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Russian Comeback
MY TRIP to St. Petersburg, built in 1706 to be Russia's window to the West, showed me that the city has recovered from the horrific Nazi siege of World War II and from years of communist neglect to reclaim its heritage as a center of education and...
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Vatican Opens Door to Dissident Anglicans
In a move with far-reaching ecumenical implications, the Vatican has announced plans to open its doors to Anglicans upset with their church's growing acceptance of homosexuality and women clergy. Citing "many requests" from Anglicans around the...
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Words for Conversion
MARY KARR HAS won a Guggenheim Fellowship for her poetry as well as the Pushcart Prize for her poetry and essays. She teaches at Syracuse University and lives in New York City. In recent years you have tried to find a language to talk about faith...
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