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. 24, December 1

BRICs of Faith
When the U.S. government imagines the global future, the term BRIC features prominently. The concept was created in 2001 when researchers at Goldman Sachs identified four critical emerging powers--Brazil, Russia, India and China. By 2050, claimed these...
Bullish about Books: Social Entrepreneur John Wood
IN 1998, JOHN WOOD was a rising executive at Microsoft when a vacation in Nepal changed his life. By 2000 he had quit his job and started the nonprofit Room to Read organization, which has since grown with astonishing speed. In partnership with local...
Calvin's Comeback? the Irresistible Reformer
ACCORDING TO A Time magazine article earlier this year, the "New Calvinism" is one of "ten ideas changing the world right now" (March 23). The New Calvinists cited include megachurch pastor and author John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis;...
Dear John: Your Gospel Does Not Meet Our Current Needs
To: John From: Harold Sniveling, Acquisitions Editor Re: Your submission Our editorial team has had the opportunity to work through your manuscript. Your "Gospel" does not fit our publishing needs at this time. While undeniably sincere, the...
Kept Awake by Love
IN SPITE OF MY best intentions, somewhere around Halloween my ability to stay on top of things begins to unravel. It gets more and more difficult to wake up before the sun and harder to meet all the demands of each day, or even of the previous day....
Law Signed Extending Hate Crime Protections
With the stroke of a pen, President Obama expanded federal hate-crime laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories, a goal for which gay-rights activists have been working for more than a decade. Obama's action...
News Stand
Freedom of opinion is a farce," observed Hannah Arendt, "unless factual information is guaranteed." That is why the economic health of the news industry is of concern to every citizen. In his book Losing the News, veteran journalist Alex S. Jones...
On Hot-Button Issues, UCC Is Anything but Reserved
When it comes to volatile political issues, the United Church of Christ is not often content simply to issue statements. Its new general minister and president, Geoffrey A. Black, delivered 17,000 petition signatures this fall to House Speaker Nancy...
Peripatetic Patriarch Visits Washington, White House
With his flowing black robe and long white beard, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is a living portrait of the 2,000-year-old Eastern Orthodox Christian faith. And yet, he says, he's somewhat of a revolutionary. "By calling Christianity revolutionary,...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, December 13 Luke 3:7-18; Zephaniah 3:14-20 WE DID A LOT of breathing through our teeth: "Hee, hee, hoo. Hee, hee, hoo. Hee, hee, hoo." The instructor said this breathing would help mitigate the pain of labor, and it did, until we hit...
Religious Conservatives Cheer Ballot Wins
Results of off-year state elections this November suggest that reports of the religious right's demise are greatly exaggerated, but some observers found the movement's influence on election outcomes rather mixed. Religious right-backed candidates...
The Invention of Lying
The Invention of Lying. Written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson. Starring Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe and Tina Fey. In the make-believe world of The Invention of Lying, everyone strictly obeys God's ninth commandment....
The Niebuhr Connection
REINHOLD NIEBUHR, the theologian whose work Andrew Finstuen invokes in this issue (p. 11), had an interesting relationship with the CHRISTIAN CENTURY. He started writing for the magazine in 1922 while he was a pastor in Detroit. Charles Clayton Morrison,...
The Way to Justice: How My Mind Has Changed
>>> AUTOBIOGRAPHY DOES NOT come easy to me. I grew up in a community of Dutch Reformed immigrants in a tiny farming village in southwest Minnesota. The ethos of the Dutch Reformed was never to call attention to oneself, to be modest in all...
This American Mess: Where Is Reinhold Niebuhr When We Need Him?
AS THE FIRST decade of the 21st century comes to a close, the U.S. finds itself in a mess of historic proportions. Our economic crisis was preceded by a near-universal collapse in judgment about the use of U.S. military force abroad. This mess is profoundly...
Vatican Defends Its Investigation of U.S. Nuns and Religious Orders
Responding to "many news accounts" and "various inquiries" about a controversial investigation of U.S. sisters, a senior Vatican official defended the probe as an "effort to promote the Catholic identity and vibrancy of life" in their communities....
When Depression Leads Pastors to Suicide
WHAT KIND OF personal pain would cause a 42-year-old pastor to abandon his family, his calling and even life itself? Members of a Baptist church in Hickory, North Carolina, are asking that question after their pastor committed suicide in his parked...