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. 128, No. 22, November 1

Caught in a Revolution: Tripoli Priest Hamdy Sedky Daoud
HAMDY SEDKY DAOUD is a priest at the Anglican Church of Christ the King in Tripoli. A native of Egypt, he studied at the Evangelical Presbyterian Seminary in Cairo and has a diploma from Chichester Theological College in England. During the uprising...
Chaplains Can Conduct Nuptials for Gays
Military chaplains may officiate at same-sex marriage ceremonies on and off military bases, the Pentagon has announced, in a move that closely followed the repeal of a ban on openly gay service members. "A military chaplain may participate in or...
Churches Lose Fight over Alabama Immigration Law
A federal judge jolted the national immigration debate by approving most parts of Alabama's aggressive immigration law which some religious leaders have called the "meanest" in the nation. In a ruling September 28 that was hailed by many state officials,...
Civil Rights Legend Fred Shuttlesworth Dies
Fred Shuttlesworth, the last of the "Big Three" of the civil rights movement along with Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King Jr., died October 5 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 89. To the general public Shuttlesworth was the least well known of...
Due Diligence: A Lawyer's Journey to Church
"CAN I GET to know Jesus without the church?" The 54-year-old attorney asked the question with the curiosity of a prospective home buyer checking out a new neighborhood. Larry was one of those people who are drawn toward Jesus but not at all sure they...
Grieving Together
WHEN I BECAME the student pastor of a small church I had no idea what I was getting into. The move from married student housing to a tiny parsonage was, I am ashamed to admit, more about the $50-a-week free housing and backyard for our infant daughter...
Margaret
Margaret Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan Starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo and J. Smith-Cameron Depending on your tolerance or affection for epic morality plays, Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret may either feel too long and...
Plain-Talk Bible Debuts with Mainstream Backing
The Common English Bible, the newest Bible on the block, is what the name suggests--a translation into commonly spoken English. It is not the first edition to move in that direction. But it's probably the first to use contractions so extensively--whether...
Powerful Occupation
The Occupy Wall Street movement has grown immensely since demonstrations began in September. Media coverage has exploded as well, much of it emphasizing the movement's lack of focus. The protesters champion the cause of the nation's poorest 99 percent,...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, November 6 Matthew 25:1-13 GOD GRANTS astonishing freedom to creatures who bear the imago dei. The Arab Spring is only the latest evidence of the human desire for freedom. What's more, and far more awkward in a culture of autonomous freedom...
Speaking to Mourners: The Evolution of Funeral Sermons
WHEN ELISABETH Kubler-Ross's On Death and Dying burst upon the world in 1968, hospital chaplains and those who trained pastoral counselors were among the first to endorse it. The psychological framing of death and dying with labels such as "denial"...
Still Dying Badly: A Christian Critique
SOMETIME AROUND 1965 people became aware that the experience of dying in America was often made worse by medical experts. People began to complain that dying had been "medicalized," that it had been made a medical rather than a human event, that too...
Take the Money and Run? When Hollywood Came Calling
THE DAY AFTER Easter my church received a surprise visit from a Hollywood location scout. He offered us $10,000 to shut down our sanctuary for three days so that his company could use it to film the wedding scene from an upcoming Adam Sandier movie....
The 'Occupy' Movement Includes Religious Groups
As waves of demonstrators descended on New York City to unite with others to protest corporate greed, they were met by typical sounds of raucous youth-led protests: drum beats, police sirens and shouted political slogans* They didn't expect to hear...
Three Women Activists Take Peace Prizes
Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian activist who helped bring her country out of a brutal civil war and one of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners, says the best way to achieve global peace is to start in local communities. "It is time for us to do justice...
Why Do Men Stay Away?
GATHERED AROUND the coffeepot in a church fellowship hall on a fall Sunday, a gaggle of men are talking with animation and passion, joking and bragging in the way of males. The topic? Football, of course. "How 'bout them Devils! D'ya see that pick...
Within the African Canon
Martin Luther has any claims to fame. n recent years I have found him useful in an unexpected way: as a guide to understanding emerging African Christianity. Here is my unscientific rule: if Martin Luther treated a biblical book with disdain or outright...