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. 124, No. 7, April 3

A Way Forward? Changing the Conversation on Homosexuality
UNABLE TO BEACH consensus regarding the ordination of gays, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), like many other denominations, found itself embroiled for years in a series of winner-take-all battles with no end in sight. In 2001 a wearied General Assembly...
Charles Taylor Wins Templeton Prize
Charles Taylor, a Canadian philosopher whose work has touched on questions of spirituality, violence and culture, has been named the 2007 Templeton Prize winner. Taylor, 75, teaches law and philosophy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois,...
Christians Protest the War
RICK UFFORD-CHASE, a former moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), was arrested last September in Washington, D.C., while demonstrating against the Iraq war along with four other Presbyterian ministers. "We wondered what we might do to invite...
Going Bunco
DRAW UP your chairs, younger ones, and I will describe a moment in the Age of Innocence, back in late-medieval time of 1945-1949. Bring your chairs in close so you can be sure you are healing right. Let me set the scene: it is New Year's Eve in one...
Memory Verses
I RECENTLY HAD the opportunity to read a series of essays written by young adult Mennonites, essays reflecting on their "wrestling with the text." The text in question, not surprisingly, was the Bible, and their recounting of coming to terms with its...
Methodists Decry Japanese Stance on 'Comfort Women'
Asian American United Methodists, including those with Japanese ancestry, are strongly criticizing recent denials by the prime minister of Japan regarding that country's coercion of "comfort women" during World War II, according to United Methodist...
Mohler Would Favor Altering 'Gay' Fetus
A prominent Southern Baptist said he would support medical treatment, if it were available, to change the sexual orientation of a fetus inside its mother's womb from homosexual to heterosexual. The idea of a hormonal patch for pregnant women was...
NAE Rebuffs Critics, Affirming Cizik and a Wider Agenda
The National Association of Evangelicals has affirmed its stance on caring for the environment--indirectly rebuffing complaints that its vice president for governmental affairs is too engaged in environmental issues--and endorsed a statement condemning...
Never-Ending Story
Sunday, April 15 Acts 5:27-32; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31 WE ARE WITNESSES to these things," said Peter (Acts 5:32). As the gospel for the second Sunday of Easter opens, "these things" do not include Jesus" resurrection--not exactly, anyway....
Out of Silence: The Practice of Congregational Discernment
I HAD AGREED, along with 11 other people from my congregation, to attend a program on congregational discernment, but I was not looking forward to it. I was skeptical of the diocese's ability to teach a nonbureaucratic method of reaching decisions,...
People's Revolt
FOR THE PAST 10 months, the people of the Mexican state of Oaxaca have been waging a campaign to remove their governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, who was narrowly elected in 2004 amid allegations of fraud. A member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party...
Something about Jesus
I SPEND A LOT of time with the followers of Jesus. Some exercise their ministries as clergy while others do the trickier work of ministering while they do business, take depositions, teach school or care for grandchildren. They come from a wide variety...
Sound Alternatives
THOSE WHO DISCOVERED Joanna Newsom's full-length debut The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City, 2004) fell without exception into two camps: either they ran screaming from her Betty-Boop-on-helium voice and tales of bridges, balloons and beans or found themselves...
Sound of Easter
SOME IDEAS are bigger than our intellectual capacity to deal with them. Some news is richer than the words we have to describe it. When that happens, we turn gratefully to art and music and works of the imagination. That's why on Easter we put the...
The Bible in First Person
MANY CHRISTIANS like to think that they take the Bible as it stands, but in reality they take the Bible as they understand it. What we get out of the Bible often has as much to do with what we bring to the text as with the text itself. Differing biblical...
Unlimited Good
Sunday, April 22 Acts 9:1-20; John 21:1-19 MY MOTHER'S GENERATION of women was raised to expect that families would depend financially on the husband's income. My mother is lively and creative, and as a child she wanted to be a doctor--but women...
Walled In
THE WINNER OF the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Lives of Others, looks at a political system kept in power by a police agency that has absolute power to keep any citizen under constant surveillance. The ingeniously titled film,...