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. 127, No. 13, June 29

Adventure of Belief
I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER the day last July when John Henry Newman's beatification was announced. My family and I were en route to Heathrow Airport, barreling along in a van driven by my fearless godmother, who had promised we would not miss our plane....
After Flotilla Incident, Churches Call for New Israeli Policy on Gaza
The National Council of Churches, its key mainline members and other church organizations are calling for Israel to alter its policies on the Gaza Strip after an Israeli action against an international flotilla on the high seas resulted in nine deaths,...
Cash-Poor Cathedral Mulls Selling Treasures
Facing a reduced budget and a third round of layoffs, officials at Washington National Cathedral are considering disposing of priceless treasures--including a trove of rare books--that are no longer considered part of its central mission. The cathedral...
Churches Support Workers Affected by Gulf Oil Spill
As oil continues to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, churches and religious organizations along the Louisiana coast are providing food, money and support to parishioners whose livelihoods hang in the balance. Millions of gallons of oil have contaminated...
Episcopal Head Rejects a 'Colonial' Anglicanism
Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has forcefully defended her church's embrace of gays and lesbians and firmly rejected efforts to centralize power or police uniformity in the Anglican Communion. Anglicans should be led by local...
Habits of Anti-Judaism: Critiquing a PCUSA Report on Israel/Palestine
OLD HABITS DIE HARD. Despite numerous attempts by mainline Protestant denominations to promote historically informed studies of Judaism, repudiate supersessionist theologies and engage in conversations with Jews, the old habit of beating false witness...
Malawi President Pardons Engaged Gay Couple
The president of Malawi, under pressure from UN and human rights groups, has pardoned a gay couple who were recently sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment with hard labor after they became engaged in a traditional ceremony. President Bingu wa Mutharika,...
Miss USA Rima Fakih, Muslim and Modern
Rima Fakih's path from Lebanon to Las Vegas, where she was crowned Miss USA, is not unlike other immigrant success stories, but she stands out because of one notable first: she is very likely the first Miss USA who is Muslim. At a time when many...
Price of Oil
president Obama on June 3 reportedly expressed "upper-level outrage" at the situation in the Gulf of Mexico, where a runaway British Petroleum oil well has spilled millions of gallons of oil. The rest of the nation's outrage is perhaps only beginning,...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, July 4 Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 MEMBERS OF MY household are preparing for a journey that will involve both regular and light backpacks. Regular hiking backpacks are made to hold a vast amount of gear--you strap them on when you go to the woods...
Tales out of Turn: On [Mis]telling Other People's Stories
THE CHALLENGE of telling other people's stories is an occupational hazard for journalists, historians, memoirists, conflict mediators and even preachers. Getting the facts accurate is only part of the challenge. Storytellers have to grapple with the...
The Flotilla Tragedy
THERE IS NO EXCUSE or justification for the flotilla incident in which Israeli commandos boarded six ships bearing humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people in Gaza, sparking a violent confrontation that resulted in the deaths of nine people. More...
Tracking God: Karen Armstrong's Religious Vision
IN THE LATE 1980s, when Karen Armstrong was working on a book that eventually became the best-selling A History of God, she had done little to suggest that she would become the author of 19 books and an internationally known commentator on world religions....
U.S. Judge Rules against Graduation Rites in Church
A federal judge has ruled that a Connecticut school board's decision to hold graduation ceremonies inside a megachurch was unconstitutional. Commencements for two schools in Enfield--Enfield High School and Enrico Enfermi High School--were to be held...
Vincere
Vincere Directed by Marco Bellocchio Starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Filippo Timi It's unlikely that the rest of 2010 will turn up another movie as astonishing as Vincere, by 70-year-old Italian director Marco Bellocchio. It's a historical...
Washed in Grace: How My Mind Has Changed
It is by living and dying that one becomes a theologian, Martin Luther said. With that comment in mind, we have resumed a CENTURY series published at intervals since 1939 and asked theologians to reflect on their own struggles, disappointments, questions...
When Sin Goes Viral
Adam is ... scattered throughout the globe. Set in one place, he fell and, as it were, broken small, he has filled the whole world. But the Divine Mercy gathered up the fragments from every side, forged them in the fire of love and welded into one...