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. 115, No. 21, July 29

Christians in Pakistan Confront Charges of Blasphemy
Roman Catholic Bishop John Joseph of Pakistan shot himself to death on May 6 to highlight the case of Ayub Massih, a Christian sentenced to death for supposedly making blasphemous remarks against the Prophet Muhammad and thus against Islam. Following...
Czar's Burial Marked by Church Politics
As Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin, looked on, his nation laid its last emperor to rest July 17 in St. Petersburg, exactly 80 years after he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in the city of Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains....
Fighting Juvenile Crime
President Clinton unveiled a "values-based violence prevention initiative" July 22 that will make $2.2 million in grants available to 16 U.S. communities to foster collaboration between faith-based groups and community and police organizations in...
Free Fall: Religious Pluralism in Russia
One cannot call the religious situation in contemporary Russia stable. There are divisions not only between different religions or Christian confessions, but within the Russian Orthodox Church. These intra-Orthodox divisions are even more serious...
God in a Pocket
Jeremiah 23:23-29; Psalm 82; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56 "Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off?" Jeremiah 23:23 There was a land of great beauty and promise, flowing with milk and honey. And people wandered...
Homosexuality Debated in Newspaper Ads
The religious and political debate over homosexuality intensified recently in dueling full-page newspaper ads. The ads, taken out by conservative Christian groups and by gay groups, featured contrasting ideologies on homosexuality, and pitted stories...
Parenting and Politics: Giving New Shape to 'Family Values.'(new Book 'The War against Parents' discussed)(Cover Story)
The War Against Parents: What We Can Do for America's Beleaguered Moms and Dads. By Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Cornel West. Houghton Mifflin, 302 pp., $24.00. It was a nice irony that Sylvia Hewlett and Cornel West came to Philadelphia to promote...
Political Theology on the Right and Left
The Bully Pulpit: The Politics of Protestant Clergy. James L. Guth, John C. Green, Corwin E. Smidt Lyman A. Kellstedt and Margaret M. Poloma. University Press of Kansas, 221 pp., $35.00; paperback, $19.95. From the colonial era, through the...
Pope Tightens Oath Required of Theologians
Pope John Paul II on June 30 issued an apostolic letter that writes into binding church law his position on a number of key issues and warns that dissenters may be subject to "just punishment." In the letter, titled "In Order to Defend the Faith,"...
Teen Idol
Today I'll not debate whether baccalaureate services at public high schools violate the separation of church and state, and whether certain people ought or ought not speak or pray at such, and under which terms. Today I celebrate one such service,...
Three Samaritans
Several years ago, when my wife and I were living in Pittsburgh for most of a year, we set out to attend worship in a church where a friend was the pastor. We had never been there before, but I knew the general direction and thought I could find it....
Vouch for It?
The founder of this magazine, Charles Clayton Morrison, was fiercely opposed to any form of government support for parochial schools. No doubt he would have been distressed by last month's decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which ruled that...