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. 113, No. 7, February 28

Face to Face with God
Jesus talks longer to the woman at the well than he does to anyone else in all the Gospels--longer than he talks to any of his disciples, longer than he talks to any of his accusers, longer than he talks to any of his own family. She is the first person...
Inside the Campaign: Disillusioned
THE LITERARY QUESTION of the season for Washington insiders is: Who wrote Primary Colors, the thinly disguised fictional examination of the early days of the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign? The anonymous author will not achieve the historical status...
Jerusalem's Future: A Joint Capital?
THE Recent territorial and demographic reshaping of Jerusalem began with the Israeli capture of East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967. The Israelis not only annexed Palestinian East Jerusalem but expanded its boundaries to ten times its former size,...
Mainline Decline, Buddhist Style
SINCE IT WAS established 97 years ago, the Buddhist Churches of America has provided a cultural shelter and a religious center to four generations of Japanese-Americans. The BCA's sponsorship of a wide array of cultural activities--youth sporting events...
P for Pungent
THE SCARLET LETTER, one of America's best novels and worst movies, taught people what stigma means. The dictionary tells us it is "a mark or token of infamy, disgrace, or reproach." The roots of the word go back to Greek, Latin and Middle English words...
Religion, Science, Russia: An Interview with Boris Raushenbakh
The 50-year career of physicist Boris Viktorovich Raushenbakh has been marked by spectacular scientific achievements and--in the context of Soviet Russia--an unusual defense of religion. In the late 1930s he was a victim of the terror that engulfed Soviet...
Religious Freedom Restoration Act Upheld
The city government said the old Spanish-style Catholic church that held only 350 worshipers was too beautiful to replace, even though the 1,300 families of St. Peter's in growing Boeme, Texas, were having to gather for mass in a nearby meeting hall....
Sarajevo Prelate Favors a Multicultural Bosnia
It's hard to find anyone in the government-held parts of Sarajevo with an unkind word to say about Bosnia's Catholic Cardinal Vinko Puljic. Bosnian Muslims, Catholic Croats, Orthodox Serbs and Jews alike speak of "their cardinal" with hometown pride....
The Christian Gardener: An Orthodox Meditation
I am a theologian and a college professor. I like being both. But what I really love to do--what I get exquisite pleasure from doing--is to garden. I think that gardening is nearer to godliness than theology. I certainly desire the presence of God. But...
WCC Bolsters Ecumenical Bank
Twenty-one years after it began, a church-sponsored development bank has confounded critics who predicted that the organization was bound to fail. The Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society was established in 1975 to provide churches and church-related...