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. 117, No. 30, November 1

Clear Callings
For many of us, the call to ministry comes in stages. THE REFLECTION on vocation in this issue by Gilbert Meilaender takes us from Vergil's epic, the Aeneid, to the Reformation era to the 20th century, with many stops in between. He prodded me,...
Crooked Timber
AS WE COLLECT ever more evidence about times past and places afar, we find that there seem to have been no times or places when or where environmental edens existed (at least not since the original Eden). There seem to be no classes or cohorts of people...
Decalogue Disputes
NEARLY A DOZEN attempts to display copies of the Ten Commandments at courthouses or schools--more litigation cases at one time than proponents and opponents can recall--are being tied to the idea that the Decalogue has a legal place in public settings...
Delusions
DANCER IN THE DARK is the most aesthetically brilliant film of the year, and it contains an unnerving naturalistic performance by Icelandic vocalist Bjork. But the film is spoiled by director and screenwriter Lars von Trier's need for a protracted...
Divine Summons
Working in the horizon of God's call I HAVE LEARNED over the years that students, wearily carrying out a writing assignment, often have recourse to the dictionary. Assigned to write on a specific topic, they will begin with a dictionary definition....
Divorce Culture
IT'S NOT EASY for churches to address what sociologist Barbara Dafoe Whitehead has termed the "divorce culture." For one thing, the changes in laws and attitudes that have made divorce easier to obtain in the past half century represent an advance...
Focus on Family Exec Admits Affair, Resigns
A top executive and well-known radio personality for the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family has resigned after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with a woman other than his wife. Mike Trout, 53, the co-host with president...
Letters
I HAVE GREAT difficulty with Stephen Carter's article on religious freedom ("Beyond neutrality," Oct. 11). His main point is that religious neutrality does not work because in practice the religions of the less powerful people (such as Native Americans...
Mideast Holy Sites Take Center Stage
Outside of Jerusalem's Old City walls, a group of Palestinian youths denied entrance to the site sat on the grass and concrete during noontime prayers and listened to a sermon that declared, "The Jews are our enemies, and we will beat them." Meanwhile,...
Oregon Archdiocese Settles Sex-Abuse Case
Twenty-three former altar boys have settled their sexual-abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Portland and a suspended priest in one of the nation's largest molestation cases involving the Roman Catholic Church. The case of suspended priest...
Overinformed
IN DATA SMOG: Surviving the Information Glut (1997) David Shenk tells of "technostress" researcher Philip Nicholson's practice of asking his audiences, "Pretend that you were forced to make a choice between giving up one of your fingers and giving...
People
* Two religious leaders played decisive roles recently in bringing labor peace to Los Angeles. Jesse Jackson, a last-minute mediator in a month-long bus strike, shuttled between transit authorities and union leaders at 6 A.M. October 17 after 24 straight...
Sold on Incarnation
I AM AN UNWILLING explorer of cyberspace. For years I managed not to go there. My handwriting was adequate for everyday purposes, my avocado green IBM Selectric sufficed for more formal projects, and I happily received my mail through the post office....
Thousands Rally at Million Family March
Five years after the Million Man March brought thousands of African-Americans to the nation's capital in a vivid show of racial unity and pride, its pro-family successor attracted a racially and religiously diverse crowd in mid-October to the National...
U.S. Christians Push for Peace Efforts
Several Christian organizations in the United States have issued calls for a permanent resolution to the cycles of violence in the Middle East. Even as a two-day emergency summit in Egypt ended October 17 with Israel and the Palestinians agreeing...
Virtual Virtuosity
Sunday, November 12 Mark 12:38-44 MY FAVORITE Kierkegaardian parable is called "The Man Who Walked Backwards." The Danish philosopher was particularly hard on religious professionals, and claimed that inconsistent behaviors most often accompany...