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. 128, No. 26, December 27

Adopt a Settlement: Christian Zionists and the West Bank
PALESTINIAN President Mahmoud Abbas went to the United Nations in September seeking member status for a Palestinian state that would be configured along the pre-1967 borders. One of the primary reasons the Palestinians took their case to the UN instead...
Alan Geyer, Former Century Editor, Dies
ALAN F. GEYER, 80. a widely published Christian ethicist and ecumenical leader and a former editor of the CHRISTIAN CENTURY, died November 28. Most recently he was canon ethicist at the Washington National Cathedral and professor of political ethics...
A Surge in Faith-Based Lobbying
The number of religious advocacy groups in the nation's capital has ore than tripled since the 1970s, with conservative groups experiencing the biggest growth, according to a new report. Together, faith-based lobbying and advocacy groups spend $390...
Backers Say Baylor Prof Faces Firing for His Views
A BAYLOR University professor is fighting dismissal charges that supporters say are aimed at silencing a dissident voice in America's Jewish community. According to published reports, Marc Ellis, university professor of Jewish studies and director...
Faith Groups Aided Occupy as Winter, Police Moved In
As Occupy camps nationwide dealt with police crackdowns and the inevitable onset of winter temperatures, religious communities of all stripes stepped in with offers of shelter and solidarity. Soon after police forcibly evicted the original Occupy...
Holy Listening
WHEN ANGELA REED was in seminary, she found her studies intellectually stimulating, but she felt that something was missing. Seminary life involved "a great deal of talk of how we know about God, but almost nothing of knowing God, and that grated on...
How We're Poisoning Our Children: Ecologist Sandra Steingraber
SANDRA STEINGRABER has been sharing her passion for justice, her scientific knowledge and her concerns about environmental poisons since 1997, when she wrote of her struggle with cancer in Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of...
In Tunisia, Popular Ennahda Party Tests 'Moderate' Islam
NEARLY A YEAR after Tunisia set off the Arab Spring of popular revolt, the face of political Islam in this fledgling Muslim democracy is a 47-year-old pharmaceutical executive who favors tailored suits and stiletto heels. Souad Abderrahim's main...
Little Boots: The Cat That Walked by Faith
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN WE SAW a container of Kentucky Fried Chicken dancing in the middle of the street, my husband and I stopped to investigate. Out of the box crawled a terribly skinny kitten with long black fur and bright white paws. She...
Mormon PR Blunts Jews' Unease with Romney
Two groups that opposed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential run were evangelical Protestants and Jews. Many of the former believe that Mormons constitute a cult; the latter have long been offended by the Mormon practice of...
Out of Afghanistan
By the end of 2011, almost all U.S. troops will have left Iraq, bound for home or for other American bases around the world. The military evacuation of Iraq constitutes a logistical feat. At the peak of the war 170,000 troops were in Iraq, operating...
Put Away: Solitary Confinement
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PRISONERS AT California's Pelican Bay State Prison caught the nation's attention in July with their three-week hunger strike. Their protest originated in the half of the prison that's called the Security Housing Unit, where...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, January, 1 Galatians 4:4-7 WITH ALL OF THE pressures of preparing for Christmas Day--the coming and going, the parties and presents--the Sunday following Christmas is welcome indeed. It's a time to stop, take a deep breath, keep one's...
Relative Poverty
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHICH VIEW of economic inequality has greater merit? The one espoused by Adam Smith, the father figure of capitalism? Or the teaching that unfolds from the Bible's pleadings for justice and righteousness? It's a trick question....
Saved by Tintin
FROM WHERE I SIT at the family dinner table my eyes fall on a tall bookcase, on top of which, just under a map of Narnia, a crowd of small resin figures seems to be in perpetual motion. One of them, the diva Bianca Castafiore, is singing the "Jewel"...
Scorched Earth
HOW IS IT POSSIBLE to read the first chapter of the Bible and not be an environmentalist? The stunning and unique affirmations of Genesis 1 point to a creation that is good, one that reflects the being and will of God. The first and primary human moral...
Shame
Shame Directed by Steve McQueen Starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan You might assume that an NC-17 movie about sex addiction starring the striking Michael Fassbender and featuring rampant nudity and graphic depictions of various...
The Three Days of Timkat
May I wish you all a happy and blessed Timkat season. Timkat, I should explain, is an important festival of the 40-million-strong Orthodox Church of Ethiopia. By common consent, it is one of the world's most spectacular religious festivals. A three-day...
Voices of 2011
"I Used to Be Afraid ... I Became an Egyptian." --sign (in Arabic) seen in Tahrir Square in Cairo during protests that led to the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak's regime "I hope from the bottom of my heart that the people will, hand in hand, treat...