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. 122, No. 16, August 9

An Evangelical Imperative
GEORGE LINDBECK'S thoughtful reflections on the state of ecumenism (page 28) set me to ruminating on my own ecumenical experience. It also reminded me that this journal has been ecumenically minded from its inception. For a time it even described itself...
Beautiful Words: The St. John's Bible Project
BIBLES ARE CHEAP. In their zeal to make scripture accessible to everyone, Protestants have manufactured Bibles in almost every language and made them available for startlingly small sums. Perhaps in doing so they have unwittingly made the Bible cheap...
British Muslim Leaders Denounce Bombings, Face Backlash
Despite Muslim denunciations of the July 7 bomb attacks in London, a number of British towns and cities have been targeted in an apparent backlash. Mosques in two areas of London as well as in Leeds, Telford, Bristol, Birkenhead and Norwich were attacked...
Century Marks
CHRISTIANITY LITE: Some of the CEOs notorious for unethical business practices are also "born-again" Christians. The list includes the recently acquitted Richard Scrushy of HealthSouth, Ken Lay of Enron and Bernard Ebbers of WorldCom, who was just...
Change Agents: The Voices of Muslim Reformers
MOST MUSLIM leaders in England responded to the terrorist bombings in London with unequivocal condemnation. Yet the Muslim community in England and elsewhere is pulled in conflicting directions. On one side are street activists preaching literal adherence...
Christian Aid Groups Disappointed with G8
Britain's two largest Christian aid organizations have expressed disappointment about the Africa package agreed to at a meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) nations last month in Scotland, but have pledged to fight on for economic and trade justice....
Conservative, Popular Judge Named for Court
President Bush nominated a strong conservative, federal appellate judge John Roberts, to replace retiring moderate justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. After the announcement July 19, activists on both sides of the nation's cultural...
Dance of Deception
AMONG THE MESSAGES of sympathy that poured into London following the July 7 bombings were condolences from the governments of Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iran, Turkey--all nations with majority Muslim populations--and at least two Muslim nongovernmental...
Decision Time for Mainline Lutherans
THE NATION'S largest Lutheran denomination will finally speak with a collective voice this month on whether to allow gay and lesbian pastors and on whether same-sex couples may receive rites of blessing. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,...
Dogging Jesus
Sunday, August 14 Matthew 15:21-28 CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT the ages have proclaimed that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Heb. 13:8). The implicit teaching is that by being eternally the same, he is therefore divine:...
Holy Relationships: A Conference on Theology and Sexuality
When his mother died, C David Buchanan decided to tithe his inheritance. His donation to New Brunswick Theological Seminary was the beginning of The Buchanan Group, an ecumenical group of clergy, scholars and pastors in association with NBTS, who are...
Not by Sausage Alone
WHEN I WAS in Croatia this past May I went on a hunt for a sausage. Not just for any kind of sausage, mind you, but for kulen, a specialty from a region of Northeast Croatia called Slavonia. If kulen could think and feel, it would be insulted by being...
Nutty and Chewy
WELL, WELL, WELL, two naughty little children gone. Three good little children left." So begins a chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel that has enticed young readers for over four decades and has also inspired...
Room for Religion
THOUGH THE Supreme Court reached different results in two cases challenging government displays of the Ten Commandments, the court's message was quite clear: in deciding such issues, context is everything. One case concerned two Kentucky counties...
Scientology: More Than a Celebrity Cruise?
A brash Hollywood actor with a boyish smile and slim tailored suits would not seem the first source that ordinary folks would seek out for psychiatric advice. Yet who could miss Tom Cruise lately, swinging through the news, spinning off from movie...
The Terror Within
AFTER 9/11 Americans asked: Why do they hate us?--they being shadowy extremists from the Middle East. After the terrorist bombings of 7/7 in London, Britons pondered the enemy within: How could middle-class, second-generation British Muslims do this...
The Unity We Seek: Setting the Agenda for Ecumenism
A BIT OF HISTORY is needed in order to understand the present-day ecumenical options. I all start with the year in which my own ecumenical involvement began. Fifty-five years ago, in 1950, there was general agreement, at least in France where I was...
West Coast Witness
Sunday, August 21 Matthew 16:13-20 ONE AUGUST I was hiking with new friends just 15 b minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. They wanted to show me a favorite trail, a path that winds its way through summer-golden hills, past ravines of alder,...
World without Roe?
GEARING UP for a battle over the next appointment to the Supreme Court, groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America and the National Organization for Women have been warning of the imminent collapse of Roe v. Wade. Roe hangs by a thread, they assert, and...