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. 124, No. 23, November 13

Between Us and Them
THE MOST IMPRESSIVE THING about "A Common Word Between Us and You," an open letter to the world's Christian leaders signed by 138 Muslim scholars, is that it exists. (See news report on p. 12.) The second most impressive thing is the economy of its...
Call of the Wild
FASHIONED FROM a book by Jon Krakauer, Sean Penn's Into the Wild is an elegiac film about Christopher Johnson McCandless, who, upon graduating from Emory University in 1990, set out, without notifying his family, to live as elementally as possible...
Christian Soldiers?
MICHAEL L. "Mikey" Weinstein, a former judge advocate general in the U.S. Air Force, founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to address problems of religious establishment in the country's military. His concern began when his son, the sixth...
Church in Recovery
AS WORSHIPERS walk into Central Park United Methodist Church, Bob Swoverland usually pulls one of them aside and asks him or her to help serve communion. One day he felt moved to ask Karen (last name withheld) to help. As he remembers, "Normally, I'll...
God Online
AS THE INTERNET world expands, the number of religious resources multiplies accordingly. But how to find those that are especially helpful or creative? Here are a few leads: * Image (www.imagejournal.org). A project of the Seattle-based Center for...
Living by the Word: Holy Hate
Sunday, November 25 Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 23:33-43 THEY WERE no angels. Whatever else they did or didn't do, or hoped to do, they hired strippers. Then prosecutor Mike Nifong charged them with rape, Duke University turned on the boys involved and...
Living by the Word: Punctured
Sunday, December 3 Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44 ONE OF THE things I love about the liturgical life of the church is the way that the Holy Spirit, quietly and gently, works on us. Through the texts and prayers set out...
Major Federal Suit against Muslim Charity Ends in Mistrial
The federal government's costly and complex terrorism-funding suit against five former officials of a now-defunct Islamic charity ended in mistrial last month--marking another high-profile setback for the U.S. Justice Department. President Bush...
Multifaith Mosaic
ANDALUSIA, the vibrant, southernmost region of Spain, is famous for its party culture, bullfighting and oceans of sunshine. The cathedral spire in the largest city, Seville, which towers over the old quarter, guides pedestrians to the third-largest...
Music to Believe In
READING JEREMY BEGBIE'S article on music in this issue reminded me of one of the biggest mistakes I ever made. I took music theory in college because I knew a little bit about music and thought I could get a good grade with a minimum of effort. How...
Muslims Point to Common Ground
WHEN MARK HANSON, who heads the 66-million-member Lutheran World Federation, read the open letter sent to Christian leaders by an unprecedented range of Muslim clerics and scholars last month, the Chicago-based bishop was not surprised at the erudition...
Reformed Groups Agree on New Global Body
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches has agreed to unite with the Reformed Ecumenical Council to create a new "global entity" that will form a constituency of 80 million Reformed Christians. "This is a truly, truly important moment," said WARC...
Ron Paul, GOP's Antiwar Maverick, Has Pastor Brother
David Paul is the assistant pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and never was much for politics. This year, however, he feels as if he has a ringside seat. That is thanks to his younger brother Ron, whose maverick campaign...
Sound Theology
BEING WISE in the world of music from a Christian perspective means being aware of music's powers and the way some sound patterns are especially well suited to drawing us into the purposes of God. One of these powers is the way that music can represent...
Watchful Eye
EACH TIME "someone clicks on a Web page, makes a phone call, uses a credit card, or cheeks in with a microchipped pass at work, that person leaves a data trail that can later be tracked. Every day, billions of bits of such personal data are stored,...
Where We Come From
SEVERAL SUMMERS AGO, I visited the early medieval monastic site of Glendalough with students and faculty from a seminary in Dublin. The site dates back to the sixth century, when St. Kevin (led by an angel, according to tradition) founded a monastery...