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. 122, No. 18, September 6

Beginnings
I READ OVER the articles in this issue on teenage spirituality while traveling to my high school reunion in western Pennsylvania. It was a happy coincidence, since a reunion offers a brief reentry to the world of teenage relationships. It is remarkable...
Cosmic Design
CONTROVERSIES OVER the teaching of evolution are back in the news. President Bush and a prominent Catholic cardinal have lent their support to the teaching of"intelligent design," a purportedly scientific alternative to Darwin's theory of natural selection....
ELCA Adopts Accord with Methodists, Stance on Israel, New Hymnal
In what one official called the "penultimate" step toward full communion with the United Methodist Church, delegates at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's biennial assembly overwhelmingly approved an interim agreement to permit the sharing...
ELCA Says No to Gay Pastors, Blessings
ON THE FACE of it, the nation's largest Lutheran church didn't budge on issues of homosexuality. Though aware that some same-sex couples receive blessings from pastors and that some openly gay or lesbian pastors are ordained, delegates to the biennial...
Family Fallout
FOR OLD-SCHOOL cinephiles who bemoan the demise of the classical European art film, rife with misplaced passion and rampant guilt, a familiar name has come to the rescue. Ingmar Bergman, the Swedish writer-director who introduced a generation of American...
Fatigue Factor
OUR PLANE LANDED at Gatwick airport on July 7, the day the bombs went off, and the four of us made our way through the mass of bedraggled travelers and machine gun-toting police to the airport bus. The bus ride took longer than the flight, as we painfully...
Founder of Taize Is Murdered
The death of the 90-year-old founder of the Taize Community in France at the hands of a woman wielding a knife shocked world Christian leaders. Roger Schutz was killed August 16 as he prayed during a gathering of 2,500 young pilgrims at the community's...
In over My Head
HERE IS LANCE Armstrong, reflecting on the day he learned he had testicular cancer: "Athletes don't tend to think of themselves as human. They're too busy cultivating the aura of invincibility to admit to being fearful, weak, defenseless, vulnerable...
In War and in Peace
AS A HIGH SCHOOL sophomore I was told: "If you wait until you are in the back seat of a car to figure out your sexual ethic, it is probably too late." In other words, moral issues are best addressed not in the passion of the moment but as part of an...
Jesus-Era Siloam Pool Found in Jerusalem
In separate excavations in and near Jerusalem, archaeologists have found evidence of ancient, rock-hewn water systems, including a large, stepped basin that one group of scholars is calling the Pool of Siloam--a place-name that occurs in the Gospel...
Jesus Isn't Cool
CRAMMING MORE than 50 high school students into a small room for weekly Bible study is challenging, but getting them to talk about sex is not. When the questioning hand of one 15-year-old boy shot up in the back of the room, I braced myself. "Is masturbation...
Living by the Word: A Generous Boss
Sunday, September 18 Matthew 20:1-16 ONE OF MY friends once complained about the "unfairness" of her parents-in-law. Her husband was a first son who was competent in his work and conscientious in his care of his old parents. The point of discontent...
Living by the Word: Jesus Math
Sunday, September 11 Matthew 18:21-35 ONLY A FEW of the 365 days in each year are associated with extraordinary events, but for those who experienced the events, the dates arouse great emotion. For Koreans, August 15 commemorates the restoration...
Methodist Mother Joins War Protest in Texas
Celeste Zappala a United Methodist from Philadelphia, went to Texas last month to join friend Cindy Sheehan--also a mother who lost a son in Iraq. Their roadside antiwar protest near George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford drew international media attention...
Passionate Disbelief
BRIAN FLEMMING is that most dangerous of religious creatures: the former fundamentalist. He is also a gifted satirical filmmaker. The two elements collide and create sparks in The God Who Wasn't There: A Film Beyond Belief, which is playing at selected...
PCUSA Lists Five Firms for Possible Divestment
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has announced plans to target five public companies that it says "contribute to the ongoing violence that plagues Israel and Palestine." Church officials said they could ultimately pull their assets, or divest, from...
Religious Right Rails at High Court Rulings
Speakers at a rally designed to support socially conservative nominees to federal courts decried several decades of Supreme Court rulings on social issues, but made little direct mention of the current battle over a Supreme Court nominee. Several...
Taking Care of Business
IT WAS MEANT as a compliment when preacher-author Leonard Sweet praised his audience as "a kind of homeland security of the church." Sweet, evangelism professor at Drew University Theological School, was speaking to an unsung National Organization...
Tiger Mothers
DESPITE A GROWING protest movement against the Iraq war, President Bush remains determined to "stay the course." He offers sympathy to grieving parents, but his attention seems to be elsewhere. So he seemed not to notice the people gathered along the...