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. 121, No. 19, September 21

Cheney Differs with Bush on Amendment to Ban Gay Marriages
Shortly before the start of his party's national convention, Vice President Dick Cheney surprised many of his and President Bush's most conservative supporters by publicly differing with the president on the issue of same-sex marriage. The next...
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Coded Messages
I WAS an innocent Nebraska teen visiting Milwaukee when I saw my first musical, which I thought was about Oklahoma. But Andrea Most in Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical (Harvard University Press) and David Schiff, who reviewed her book...
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Court Says Breakaway Church Owns Property
In what could be a landmark case in church property disputes, a California court has ruled that a breakaway Fresno congregation may keep its property after it decided to sever ties with the United Methodist Church. The decision by the Fifth District...
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Don't Say When: Expecting the Second Coming
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.... Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect (Matt. 24:36, 44). YEARS AND YEARS ago, way back...
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Enemy Territory
ALTHOUGH IT WOULD be easier at age 48 to take up the violin or pole-vaulting, I am tiptoeing into a long-postponed project of learning how to love my enemies. Not that I haven't talked a good game or done admirable work up to now. I appeared on TV...
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Episcopal Church Said to Face Sanctions over Support for Gay Bishop
Leaders of the Episcopal Church may be placed on quarantine by the rest of the worldwide Anglican Communion because of the U.S. denomination's approval of an openly gay man, V. Gene Robinson, as a bishop, London newspapers reported early this month....
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Eye of the Needle
Sunday, September 26 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31 NEXT TO THE WINDOW in my study, where I can't but see it every day, there's a framed cartoon from an old edition of the National Lampoon. It's a spoof of a Medici rose window from the cathedral...
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Fair Exchange: Who Benefits from Outsourcing?
THE OUTSOURCING OF U.S. jobs overseas, the subject of much discussion in this year's presidential campaign, is part of an economic movement that promises a better life--indeed, a new beginning--for many people in developing countries. It gives technologically...
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Fake World
IN M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN'S faux gothic film The Village, a late-19th-century community lives in enforced isolation; the deformed, bloodthirsty creatures who inhabit the woods outside the village prevent access to the world beyond. What makes the film...
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Judge Upholds Charter of Greek Orthodox
A New York judge has sided with the Greek Orthodox Church in a fight with lay activists over its constitution, ruling that the court has no authority to interfere in an internal church dispute. State Supreme Court Justice Ira Gammerman dismissed a...
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Measure of Faith
Sunday, October 3 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10 AN EMPHASIS on the decision character of faith has a long and deep history, in the American psyche going back to our Puritan and evangelical ancestors. From Jonathan Edwards to Charles Finney to Billy...
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Measuring Success
HOW ARE we doing? The editors and staff of this magazine periodically ask themselves that question. Are we succeeding? Is the magazine meeting or at least approaching the goal we have set for ourselves of helping Christians think critically and live...
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None of the Above: Why I Won't Be Voting for President
AS HAS BEEN the case for the past few presidential elections, on Election Day I will almost certainly east my vote once again for none of the above. Here is why: Seven issues seem to me to be paramount at the national level: race, the value of life,...
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Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Again Ruled Wrong
A second federal judge has ruled against the government's ban on so-called partial birth abortions, saying the federal law passed by Congress last year is unconstitutional. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Casey of New York City on August...
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Pope's Icon Return Lifts Hope of Church Detente
Russian Orthodox church leaders have welcomed Pope John Paul II's decision to return a precious icon to Russia, a representation of Mary and child that was handed over in Moscow in late August by a Catholic delegation. "We very much value the fact...
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Priest Who Ministered to Gibson Is Disciplined
A Toronto-area Catholic priest who served as spiritual adviser to Mel Gibson during filming of The Passion of the Christ has been suspended by Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, archbishop of Toronto, for celebrating the Latin mass for a conservative Catholic...
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Reed Admits Taking Casino Lobbyist Fees
Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition and now a Republican strategist, admitted that he accepted $1.23 million in consulting fees tied to Indian-run gambling casinos, the Washington Post has reported. Reed, who also serves as Southeast...
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Religious Insiders: Mainline Protestants Still Dominate
MAINLINE PROTESTANT denominations have steadily declined in membership fox four decades in the U.S., so it was not surprising to learn recently that Protestants overall are losing, or have lost, their status as the nation's religious majority. Growing...
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Religious Left Makes Political Push
WITH A FULL-PAGE AD in the New York Times, a flashlight-illuminated protest on Broadway and a plea from rock star Bono for spiritually motivated, poverty-fighting activism, the Religious Left sent a message to the presidential candidates and the voters...
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Sensitivity Training
FORMER ILLINOIS SENATOR Paul Simon, who died last December, was the son of a Lutheran missionary and an avowed liberal Democrat. I served as campaign manager for Simon's 1984 primary race for the Senate, and directed a staff that was young, aggressive...
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Shared Vision
TALK ABOUT unity amid diversity in the church can seem hollow, especially as people confront deeply controversial issues. The gossip in the halls of denominational assemblies recently has been about possible schisms over the issue of homosexuality....
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Unjustly Taxed: The Bible and Politics in Alabama
WHEN HAS a master's thesis in theology ever spurred a governor to trod to amend his state's constitution? Perhaps only in the case of Susan Pace Hamill, whose concern for justice and knowledge of tax law led her to write The Least of These: Fair Taxes...
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Very Religious Students Have Some 'Liberal' Views
Strongly religious college students have conservative views on sex, abortion, gay rights and drugs but more liberal views on gun control and the death penalty, a new study says. UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute polled nearly 3,700 college...
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WCC Urges Korea Sanctions Be Lifted
The World Council of Churches has appealed to the international community to help lift sanctions against North Korea and to restore humanitarian aid to defeat hunger and malnutrition in the country. "The grave humanitarian crisis of hunger, chronic...
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