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. 126, No. 14, July 14

Carter Says Gaza Residents Are Treated like Animals
Former president Jimmy Carter is calling Israel's two-year-old blockade of Gaza an "atrocity" and saying that people there are being treated like animals. "Tragically, the international community largely ignores the cries for help, while the citizens...
Doctors' Orders
President Obama's plan to give all Americans the option of a government-run health insurance plan initially got a frigid reception in June from the American Medical Association, the nation's leading lobbying group for physicians. Offering a public...
Faith Leaders Press Obama for Torture Commission
Prominent religious officials led a march to the White House last month to urge President Obama to form a commission of inquiry into interrogation practices under the Bush administration. The clerics and other senior religious leaders and supporters...
Family Secret
WHEN MY FATHER boarded a ship to New York in 1938, he brought his trunks of family silver and linens--and his faith. Years later he returned to Germany with my mother and me and showed us the magnificent church where he was baptized, raised and confirmed,...
Grace by Federal Express
HARSH THINGS HAPPEN in the world with numbing frequency. So when somebody does something kind and thoughtful, we really ought to celebrate it. Here is my cause for celebration: Last January I was in Florida to visit family and to preach and lecture...
Health Care Fix
LONGTIME advocates of single-payer insurance like me are thrilled, anxious and deflated simultaneously by the state of the debate on health-care reform. The debate that we wanted has finally come, and it is coming with a legislative rush, but the plan...
Living by the Word
Sunday, July 19 Jeremiah 23:1-6; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56; Ephesians 2:11-22 JULY IS VACATION TIME for many of us. Anticipating grilled burgers, potato salad, sunshine and seashore can get us through months of occupational drudgery. We all need time...
Megachurches a Draw for Those under 45
Megachurches are most attractive to younger adults, and almost all who arrive at their sanctuaries have attended church elsewhere before, a new survey shows. The study by Leadership Network and the Hartford Institute for Religion Research found...
Mixed Marriage
KAREN CAUGHT MY EYE early in our freshman year of college, and no wonder: she was--and is--beautiful. I have since learned that compliments about her looks don't mean much to her. She would much rather be told that she is intelligent or funny. Perhaps...
Pursuing the Possible
ON MAY 13, I lingered in Upper Senate Park, just north of the U.S. Capitol, hearing New Orleans jazz coming from down Constitution Avenue. Then I saw the brass band leading a lively procession of hundreds of nurses, other medical professionals and...
Recession May Pull Seminaries Apart or Together
The recession has forced seminaries to undertake cost-cutting measures that affect people, projects and their own best-laid plans for sustainability. "The current economic environment has magnified any weaknesses present in seminaries," according to...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, July 26 2 Samuel 11:1-15; John 6:1-21 I APPRECIATE the lectionary's knack for relating Old and New Testament texts, but I have no idea why King David's adultery with Bathsheba is coupled with Jesus feeding the 5,000 and walking on water....
Summer Hours
Directed by Olivier Assayas. Starring Edith Scob, Charles Berling, Juliette Binoche and Jeremie Renier. A well-established French cinematic tradition is to spin out a story that seems to be about very little--until you get a peek beneath the surface...
The Crypto-Christians
For most American Christians, restraints on the open expression of religious loyalties normally involve situations in which believers might be seen as imposing their views on others--through evangelism in the workplace or school, perhaps. But in many...
The Pastor's Husband
YOU CAN BE A MINISTER. Just don't marry one," I heard myself telling a little girl in my church. And then I wondered where that came from. I suspect that I meant it as a compliment to my husband, who was standing nearby. Perhaps I had been short-tempered,...
Toxic Mix: Antifaith and Antigovernment Violence
In 1981, white supremacist James W. von Brunn tried to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., in a bid to overthrow a financial system he believed was controlled by Jews. Experts say violent anti-Semitic outbursts, like the incident...