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. 118, No. 34, December 12

A Moral Squint. (Impressions)
AFTER A PARTICULARLY HEAVY U.S. bombardment of Kunduz, al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters initially refused to surrender. Northern Alliance factions argued over how to arrange the surrender of Kunduz, provoking one U.S. official to describe the situation...
Arinze: Hard-Liners Make Interfaith Relations Hard. (News)
The rise of religious fundamentalism around the world, including among Muslims, has made interreligious dialogue both more difficult and more important than ever, says a high-ranking cardinal in the Catholic Church. Francis A. Arinze, who is on most...
Ashcroft Releases Some Data on Detainees. (News)
Under pressure from civil libertarians, U.S. senators and some religious groups, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has given a limited accounting of people detained for possible links to the September 11 attacks or to future plots. Federal criminal...
Evangelical Theologians Reject `Open Theism'. (News)
Taking a stand in line with their conservative core, members of the Evangelical Theological Society have approved a resolution rejecting "open theism"--the belief that God does not fully know the future because people have been given the freedom to...
Franklin Graham Talks about Islam, Draws Fire. (News)
Evangelist Franklin Graham has been drawing fire for controversial comments he made about Islam, which he said is "wicked, violent and not of the same God." Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, reportedly made the comments in October, said NBC News....
Human Cloning. (News)
RELIGIOUS AND political leaders, from President Bush to the Vatican, sharply criticized the announcement that scientists in Massachusetts had succeeded in creating the first cloned human embryo, pushing religion and science onto an expected but as...
Life and Liberty. (the Christian Century)
December 12, 2001 SECURING THE RIGHTS of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has always required balancing issues of security--the protection of life--with issues of freedom. It has also provoked differing interpretations of the pursuit of...
Mule Ride. (Riding with Mary to Bethlehem)
WARNING: Pregnant women not permitted on mule ride. BEFORE MY 11-year-old son Hans and I could begin a trip down the Grand Canyon on mule back, I had to sign documents indicating that I understood that the National Parks Service did not guarantee...
Nonviolent Voices: Peace Churches Make a Witness
IT IS NOT a propitious time to be a pacifist in the United States. Polls indicate that over 90 percent of Americans continue to support the military campaign in Afghanistan. Indications of such support are everywhere, as are the warnings--like the...
Short-Term Mission Trips. (beyond Good Intentions)
AFTER HURRICANE Mitch devastated Central America in 1998, hundreds of volunteer mission teams descended on Nicaragua and Honduras. Many came from churches in the United States. At times the region's threadbare airports were filled with herds of North...
Three-Dimensional Faith. (Living by the Word)
Sunday, December 30 Hebrews 2:10-18 WHILE VACATIONING in Orlando, Florida, my wife and I visited the "Terminator 2 Show" at Universal Studios. We entered the studio and received special 3-D glasses. When we peered through the glasses, the length...
Translating the Faith. (M.E.M.O.)
CHINESE TRANSLATORS and Smithsonian Institution label-writers can be garblers. Let me illustrate: Soli Deo Gloria, an adventuresome group on whose board I have served, charters and sees to the performance of a major new choral work each year. It also...
True Victory. (Faith Matters)
NOW THAT THE WAR against terrorism is well under way, things have eased up a little in Clarkesville. A month ago, you could not walk into a room full of people without someone trying to pin a flag on your lapel. If you refused, or even hesitated, you...