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. 122, No. 1, January 11

Alabama Judge's Robe Displays Decalogue
Following in the footsteps of deposed Alabama Supreme Court head Roy Moore, another judge in that state has raised controversy with a public tribute to the Ten Commandments--this time on his robe. Covington County Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan began...
Americans United Files Court Challenge on 'Intelligent Design'
Two civil-liberties watchdog groups have filed the first known lawsuit to prevent public schools from teaching the theory of "intelligent design." Critics of the theory, including supporters of evolution, call it "junk science" and say it is a back-door...
Escaping
IT IS HARD to be moved anymore by films about concentration camps. The grainy images of scarecrow figures; maniacal guards firing pistols on a whim; parents dragged away while children stare--Hollywood has managed to turn such horrors into stock visuals....
Faith Issues Shape Bid by Turkey to Join EU
Early last month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan presided over the opening of a new synagogue, mosque and church--the last partitioned into Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox sections--in the Mediterranean resort area of Belek. It was...
Hands-On Fathers
MEN MY AGE are "bridge fathers." We began being fathers in one era, and before the last child left the nest we realized that fatherly responsibilities and expectations had changed significantly. Now we find ourselves watching own sons practicing a...
Here's Hoping
RED SOX FAN George Sumner was on his deathbed last October, and things didn't look too good for the Red Sox either. They were about to be eliminated from the playoffs by the hated Yankees, thereby adding another year of heartbreak to the previous 86...
Liberal Faith Leaders Aim to Be 'Prophetic'
Religious leaders who mounted an unsuccessful bid to resurrect progressive values in the 2004 elections are saying they refuse to yield the "moral high ground" to conservative Christians. They may even cast new efforts in "prophetic" terms, rather...
Lighten Up
OBSERVERS OF the Christian calendar celebrate Christmas for 12 days after December 25. Secularists and pagans who do not follow the church year hang their lights in the penitential season of Advent. Evidently some Christians have joined the secularists...
Looking for Love
PURPORTING TO deliver the straight goods on modern sexual interactions, Closer is glossier than last summer's similarly themed We Don't Live Here Anymore, and it has a more impressive pedigree--an award-winning director (Mike Nichols), a highly acclaimed...
Louisiana College Placed on Probation
The major accrediting agency for schools in the South has placed a Louisiana Baptist college on probation for a year for violating the agency's standards, partly for what it called the undue influence of a Southern Baptist movement on behalf of biblical...
Lutherans to Address Issues of Homosexuality
AFTER NEARLY four years--some say 15 years--of discussion the largest U.S. Lutheran denomination will soon hear if it has some practical and moral wisdom for dealing with homosexual issues that have divided other mainline church bodies for decades....
Mentoring on the Margins: A Ministry to Public Schools
AS A SIXTH GRADER, Hazel Gonzalez was constantly in trouble. A member of two gangs, she was in the principal's office daily. Known for shooting off her mouth, she was headed toward a future of shooting off guns. "I was always rebelling because I was...
The Other 'H' Word
Sunday, january 16 1 Corinthian 1:1-9; John 1:29-42 CHURCH BELLS CHIME. Two muscle-bound men stand arms-crossed in front of a Gothic cathedral. A gay couple approaches holding hands. "Step aside, please," say the muscle-bound guards. They speak...
The Soulless University
IT WAS A FEW weeks after the election, and the question came at the conclusion of a report I had made to the university trustees. "We have been hearing a lot about red states and blue states, the role of religion in the election, and a lot of other...
What about Zebedee"?
Sunday, January 23 Matthew 4:12-23 WHEN FAIRY TALES begin with the familiar phrase "Once upon a time," they signal a mythical point of departure: the beginning of a great adventure. If Matthew had known this phrase, he might have employed it to...