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. 123, No. 21, October 17

'Allah Is My Lord and Yours'
WHAT WOULD the world look like if the primary solidarities that ordered it were religious rather than national? This is not the world we live in, though there are signs that it's the one we're moving toward. Among those signs, ambiguous and interesting,...
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Americans United Files First Suit Challenging a U.S. Faith-Based Grant
A national watchdog group has filed its first lawsuit to halt a federal government faith-based grant--in this case, to a Washington state program that offers Bible-based marriage workshops. According to Americans United for Separation of Church...
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Autumn Lament
FOR THOSE of us who measure time not only by the liturgical calendar but by the baseball season, fall is a time to reflect on what happened or did not happen. It is a painful time once again for those of us who invest ourselves in the fortunes of the...
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Black Churches Prove Cool to Federal Grants
Only a tiny fraction of black churches have received money to help the poor as a result of the Bush administration's federal faith-based initiative, and most of those tend to be liberal in their theology and located in the Northeast. These are among...
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Calvin Seminary's First Female Professor Quits, Charging Bias
Six years after her groundbreaking appointment, the first full-time female professor at Calvin Theological Seminary has resigned, alleging sex discrimination at the Christian Reformed Church school for ministers. Ruth Tucker did not return to the...
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Dreams and Strategies
WHAT KEEPS YOU you up at night?" I asked the African cardinal at the end of a leisurely lunch near his home. Our conversation had ranged across a variety of topics: the scourge of AIDS in Africa, ineffective leadership within the churches, the character...
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Fudging
ACCORDING TO a recent Bloomberg News survey, researchers for the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine asked people to answer two easy questions: How tall are you? How much do you weigh? After considering the responses, researchers concluded that...
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Gardner Taylor Still a Preaching Exemplar
He's 88 years old and technically retired. But Gardner C. Taylor still shows the preaching skills that have placed him on virtually every list of America's greatest contemporary preachers. As a guest preacher in pulpits across the nation, Taylor...
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Infallible Preachers
MULLAHS IN THE corner of Pakistan where I live tend to be brilliant orators. They usually speak extemporaneously for an hour before Friday prayers. Their speeches are peppered with memorized quotes from the Qur'an, from narratives about the Prophet...
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Kerry Belatedly Speaks of Faith
JOHN KERRY, reticent about his religious beliefs during his losing 2004 presidential campaign against George W. Bush, poured out his testimony last month--not to fellow Catholics but to an evangelical audience in Malibu, California. The Massachusetts...
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Making Amends
A SLIP OF THE TONGUE or an off-the-cuff remark is one thing; words used in a carefully prepared speech to a university audience are another. So one has to wonder what Pope Benedict XVI was thinking when he dredged up the comment of an obscure 14th-century...
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Pope Benedict Meets with Muslim Leaders
In an unprecedented meeting with Muslim envoys on September 25, Pope Benedict XVI called for "authentic dialogue" between religions and cultures. He also said Christians and Muslims "must learn to work together" to safeguard the world "against all...
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Rise and Fall
STEVE ZAILLIAN'S adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King's Men, about the making of a demagogue--modeled on Louisiana governor (and later senator) Huey Long--is languid, undramatic and shapeless. Zaillian has...
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Sons of Entitlement
Sunday, October 22 Mark 10:35-45 JAMES AND JOHN McZebedee matriculated at my seminary again this fall. The "Sons of Entitlement," I call them. They are usually--but not always--young and white in addition to being male. They have typically grown...
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'Tongues' Resurfaces as Southern Baptist Issue
Controversy is again brewing in the Southern Baptist Convention over the practice of speaking in tongues. Last year the denomination's International Mission Board adopted a policy that forbids considering missionary candidates who use a "private...
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Upside-Down World
Sunday, October 29 Mark 10:46-52 THIS PORTION OF the narrative is a continuation and expansion of what has just preceded. The other ten disciples are jealous, are angry with James and John because they have pushed Jesus--successfully--to give...
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Vatican Ousts Rogue African Archbishop
The Vatican on September 26 announced the excommunication of African archbishop emeritus Emmanuel Milingo as a penalty for his having installed four married men as Roman Catholic bishops two days before. The four men consecrated by Milingo during ceremonies...
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