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. 120, No. 21, October 18

A Muzzled Media: A Self-Muzzled Press and a Public Traumatized by 9/11 Were Skillfully Manipulated by Politicians
THE CHIEF international correspondent of CNN, Christiane Amanpour, was asked her opinion of the U.S. media's coverage of the Iraq win. She responded: "I think the press was muzzled and I think the press self-muzzled. Television ... was intimidated...
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Blind Spots
EVEN THE COMMON lectionary cannot hold ecumenical friends together this Sunday. Some of us will depart from the scripture texts and focus on the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Some of us will center on the Mark 10 story of Jesus' encounter...
Chirping Season
THE SEASON of denominational conventions is over for 2003, and not a moment too soon. Forty years ago I covered some for this magazine, and from that experience I learned much not only about the vitality of churches working together but also about...
Congruence: An Authentic Life Is One in Which There Is Congruence between the Truths Asserted and the Life Lived
October 18, 2003 THINKING CRITICALLY, living faithfully." In those four words we've attempted to describe this magazine. In placing this phrase under our name on the cover, we offer a clue to those unfamiliar with the magazine--who come upon it...
ELCA Proposes Cuts, New Church Structure
Although a clear go-ahead to restructure the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was given to the denomination's Church Council at the ELCA churchwide assembly in August, the proposal's details announced in mid-September caused some anguish. The...
Gathered in Hope: This Memorial Service Was an Event of Magnificent Hopefulness
ONE OF THE difficult decisions, and sometimes compromises, ministers regularly make involves conducting funerals and memorial services for people who are not members of the congrega tion. It happens fairly often: a telephone call, sometimes from a...
Jet Lag
THE BEDAZZLING first neon shots of Tokyo in Lost in Translation suggest a topsyturvy version of Manhattan--weirdly familiar and yet alien, denser, even more vertiginous. Bob Harris (Bill Murray), a middle-aged movie star who's been flown to Japan to...
Luther Both Praised and Panned by Critics
Luther, a new $40 million film epic depicting the life of Reformation leader Martin Luther, garnered appreciative nods from some critics while others found fault with it in its first weekend showings in some 300 U.S. theaters late last month. Starring...
Muslim Chaplain, Activist Arrested
FIRST THERE WAS the arrest of Army Captain James "Yousef" Yee, 3.5, who grew up Luther an, graduated from West Point, converted to Islam and was serving as a chaplain to Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Later, two other Muslims were arrested...
Power Outage: When Leaders Don't Lead
WHAT HAPPENS when The power is seen as inherently suspect and even evil) What happens when power in the church is viewed as bad? What are the implications for the church when its leaders eschew power and influence and consider them qualities or capacities...
Proctor & Gamble Joins Fair Trade Effort
Faith-based fair trade advocacy groups are cheering a mid-September announcement from consumer products giant Proctor & Gamble that it is introducing fair-trade-certified coffee through its specialty coffee division Millstone. The negotiated step...
Public Religion OK, If It's Not Islam
The majority of Americans approve of the display of a Ten Commandments monument in a public building but disapprove of a similar display featuring a verse from the Qur'an, Islam's holy book, a new USA Today/CNN/ Gallup Poll shows. The mid-September...
Red Hats Going to Rigali, 30 Others
Pope John Paul II, as part of this month's 25th anniversary of his pontificate, will create 31 new cardinals in Vatican ceremonies on October 21, bringing to 135 the number of redhatted prelates eligible to elect his successor. The newest cardinals...
Saints and Sinners
IT ALWAYS BREAKS my heart at little when an elderly member of my congregation dies after decades of service and faithfulness. It breaks my heart a little more when only a handful of members attend the funeral of a shut-in. But on the Day of All Saints...
What They're Reading
A recent survey of what pastors are reading produced a list of authors that included many classic figures like Henri Nouwen and C. S. Lewis (see "Pastors" picks, " August 23). We asked some pastors what more contemporary books are making an impact...
Where the Bible Leads Me: I Do Not Have a Position on Homosexuality. I Have a History of Experience with People
DURING THE FOURTH CENTURY, at the height of the Arian controversy in Constantinople, one Christian wrote that it was impossible to go into a bakery for a loaf of bread without debating the nature of Christ. Was he the eternal Son of the eternal Father...
Your Kid or Mine? Reaching Troubled Youth
THE MOVIE Thirteen does not represent every teen's story, hut it does show every parent's nightmare. It's the story of an angry girl. Tracy (played by Evan Rachel Wood) is angry at her well-meaning mother, Mel (played by Holly Hunter), whose harried...