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. 125, No. 8, April 22

Choice Terms
THE WORD jargon suggests needlessly obscure words that insiders use to dazzle and confuse outsiders. But if we call the same words "technical vocabulary," we're suggesting a precise and established way of speaking that emphasizes accuracy. Christians...
Delegate Count
AS A DELEGATE and organizer at six Democratic national conventions (those that nominated George McGovern, Jimmy Carter [twice], Bill Clinton [twice] and Al Gore), I offer this advice to the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: settle the...
Down on the Farm: The Problem with Government Subsidies
A BREAKFAST FREQUENTLY served at my son's school--where over half the children receive government-supported meals--consists of commercially produced French toast sticks and syrup. The list of ingredients on the package for this meal is as long as this...
Focus Differs on Wright and GOP Friend Hagee
Ttpolitically attuned professors in South called the sharp rhetoric of Jeremiah Wright understandable in the context of an inner-city, largely black church, and both experts marveled at how political opponents seized upon the former pastor's relationship...
Food Fight: How International Aid Fails the Poor
IN 2006, THE UNITED STATES provided 6 million tons of food aid to agencies such as CARE, Catholic Relief Services, World Vision and Save the Children, which distributed the bags of wheat, rice or corn and containers of vegetable oil. Some of the aid...
Gambling Opponents Say Moral Arguments Fall Flat
The moral opposition to gambling may be gasping for its last breaths. As more and more states turn to casinos and gambling to fill shrinking coffers, the voices of the religious opposition are struggling to convince people that gambling is morally...
Gay Acceptance Has Advances and Setbacks in Three Denominations
"The Church's Unfinished Sexual Revolution" was the title of an article in the spring 2006 issue of Yale Divinity School's Reflections magazine. In it longtime Christian ethicist James B. Nelson described some progress in church thinking about sexual...
Grace in the Center
TIM GOEGLEIN, special assistant to the president and deputy director of the Office of Public Liaison, was recently caught plagiarizing Dartmouth veteran Jeffrey Hart. At issue was a Hart editorial that included a quotation from Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy,...
Hard Words
I WISH Jeremiah Wright had made his point about America's failings without saying "God damn America." But not for a moment do I wish he had been less prophetic. The great biblical prophets did and said outrageous, controversial things, which consistently...
Living by the Word
Sunday April 27 Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20 Peter 3:13-22 ON THE NIGHT before Thanksgiving, a clergy friend and I went to hear maverick preacher Rob Bell, who is touring the country on his "The Gods Aren't Angry Tour." Most folks were home dressing...
Obama Caught between Pulpit and Politics
When Senator Barack Obama faced the cameras in a nationally televised speech in mid-March, he was caught between his roles as politician and parishioner, forced to condemn his pastor's words as he tried to advance his own campaign for president. ...
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Directed by a Julian Schnabel. Starring Mathieu Amalric. When he was in his early 40s, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor of a French fashion magazine, suffered a massive stroke which left him completely paralyzed except for...
The Rest of the Story: Ministry at Trinity UCC
JEREMIAH WRIGHT needs no defense from me. Anyone who has built a congregation from 87 members to some 8,000 and whose congregation has created models of ministry in one of the poorest areas of Chicago has a body of work that speaks for itself. A recent...
The Wright Context
If you were to visit Trinity United Church of Christ, a predominantly African-American congregation on the Chicago's South Side, you would be warmly welcomed. You'd experience spirited singing that comes deep from the soul. You'd feel the palpable...
UMC Membership Down, but Constituency Expands
The number of professing adult United Methodist Church members has continued to decline--now to 7.93 million--though the last tabulated drop was less than a percentage point. When the church considers the thousands of nonmember adults and children...