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. 11, May 30

A Failure to Communicate
ISRAEL'S FORMER prime minister Ariel Sharon could never bring himself to sit across from an equal Palestinian partner. As a result, Israel lost an opportunity to gain, in return for giving back Gaza, serious changes in the Palestinians' approach to...
African Churches Want UN Troops in Darfur
Following the signing in Nigeria of a peace agreement between Sudan's government and Darfur's biggest rebel group, Africa's largest grouping of churches urged that UN peacekeepers step in for duties now carried out by African Union (AU) troops. ...
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Bush Firm on Hamas in Talk to American Jewish Committee
With two world leaders beside him at the American Jewish Committee's 100th anniversary gala in Washington, President Bush criticized Hamas for being in "the camp of terror" and vowed not to work with the Palestinian party until it recognizes Israel....
Conservative Jews Seek Middle on Gay Issues
When it comes to questions of whether to ordain gay and lesbian rabbis and perform same-sex commitment ceremonies, Reform and Orthodox Jews know where their movements stand. Simply put, Reform Jews do both, Orthodox Jews do neither. But the Conservative...
Episcopalians Sidestep Crisis
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH sidestepped a potential crisis early this month when a married father of two was elected bishop of San Francisco over three openly gay contenders. The winner, however, was no less supportive of gay rights in the church. Mark...
Living by the Word: Much Obliged
Sunday, June 11 Romans 8:12-17 REPHIBIA IS THE kind of pet store that most other stores don't want around. It doesn't carry cats or dogs or anything else that is cute and cuddly. All its animals are cold-blooded, and some are quite large. The first...
Living by the Word: Radical Reliance
Sunday, June 4 Act 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 ON THE FIRST DAY of my vacation, I went fly fishing on the Yellowstone River in Montana and caught nothing but a couple of branches. That might have been because I didn't have...
Me and My Mausoleum
ON SUNDAY drives some 40 years ago, our family would travel up and down Des Plaines Avenue, which cut through Jewish Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois. It often took quite a while because of the traffic. Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren...
Methodist Court Upholds Ruling on Gay Membership
The United Methodist Church's highest court has decided not to reconsider a case in which it permitted a Virginia pastor to prevent an openly gay man from joining his church. In two rulings last fall, the court sided with pastor Ed Johnson of South...
Out of Gas: It's Time for a National Plan to Reduce Dependence on Fossil Fuels
THE AMERICAN ADDICTION to oil is like an addiction to amphetamines, says Alfred W. Crosby: the substance is enormously stimulating and its users think they function much better with it than without it. But the substance alters one's sense of reality,...
Pages to Go
MY INTEREST in books leads to odd behavior sometimes: checking out the content of the bookshelves when I am visiting someone's home or a colleague's study, sneaking a look at whatever my airplane seatmate is reading, poring over the list of ingredients...
Poverty 101
HEN TIM KING organized a sleep-out in Chicago last year, 300 students from across the Midwest came to raise awareness of homelessness by gathering signatures for a petition, holding up signs and even "sleeping out" on the Magnificent Mile. King, a...
Revisiting 9/11
IT'S NATURAL to hesitate before committing yourself to sitting through a movie about a September 11 hijacking. You feel your stomach tighten in an unusual way during the first few scenes of United 93, as the crew boards the plane, casually exchanging...
Southwest Region Severs ABC Ties; Loyal Churches Organize
After years of conflict centering mainly on the issue of homosexuality, a large, southern California--based regional body of the American Baptist Churches U.S.A. has voted to continue the process of separating itself from the denomination. The Pacific...
Theologians and Nazis
AT A FAMILY gathering I was teased for reading a recondite book titled Theologians Under Hitler. Who but a theological nerd would choose such a book for vacation reading? I could have replied: "I read the book, now you can see the movie." Directed...
U.S. Allies among Worst on Freedom Scorecard
Several of the United States' allies remain among the world's most egregious violators of human rights, according to a recent report from a non-partisan federal panel, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Not only that, two nations...
What's New?
WHEN PEOPLE ASK me why I do not watch television, I usually begin with the practical answer. I live nine miles from town, at the end of a dirt road, where cable is not available. Why don't I get a satellite dish? Because if I were in possession of...
Young Conservatives Rap SBC Leadership as Arrogant, Isolationist
About 30 Southern Baptist conservatives from diverse backgrounds are repenting of the triumphalism, arrogance and isolationism they say threatens the integrity of the 16-million-member denomination. Saying they represent "disparate constituencies"...