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. 20, October 2

Anglican Church in Illinois Feels Reach of Rwanda Politics
An Anglican congregation in Wheaton, Illinois, that has distanced itself from the Episcopal Church and placed itself under the sponsorship of the Anglican archbishop of Rwanda has learned, according to critics, how long a reach the politics of an African...
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Baptists in the Kitchen
IN 1958, during a trifaith "Religious Emphasis Week" at the University of Arkansas, I hung out at the Sigma Nu house. One morning some Baptist Sigma Nu brothers were walking with me as I went by the Lutheran campus chapel. I stopped. "You want to go...
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Be Generous
FAMILIES ARE weird." This is the mantra of a pastor friend, his way of coping with the manifold complexities of his own family as well as those of the families with whom he ministers. He contends that if you start with this description as your baseline,...
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Campus Calling
THIS FALL Sharon Kugler began her first academic year as chaplain at Yale University--the first woman, the first layperson and the first Roman Catholic to hold that position. When Yale president Richard C. Levin announced Kugler's appointment, he called...
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Dark Nights: Though She Longed for Joy in Her Faith, Mother Teresa Knew That Her Feelings Were Not the Point
THERE ARE FEW greater icons of Christian faith in our time than Mother Teresa, whose work among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta epitomized the mission of the church and the power of Christian faith. With the publication of Come Be...
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Faith Hurdle Low for Candidates
THE RECENT-VINTAGE wisdom of presidential politics is that voters want their candidates to have strong personal faith. But for the moment, the front-running candidacies of Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani seem to suggest that beyond...
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Film Journeys
IN EARLY CHILDHOOD Ben was diagnosed with a mild form of autism. His mother, who loves him dearly, is determined to help him move through the terrors of life in a high school where bullies torment him and classmates laugh at his suffering. Ben is...
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Graham's Gift
I WAS NOT prepared to enjoy as much as I did The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House, by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. Over the years, I've kept my distance from revivalist preaching and the Billy Graham phenomenon. Besides,...
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Heart at Work: Professionals Who Care
ON JANUARY 10, 2002, a healthy 57-year-old man underwent a liver donation procedure that successfully resected approximately 60 percent of the right lobe of his liver in preparation for transplanting that liver into his brother, a 54-year-old man who...
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Living by the Word: Prayer Acts
Sunday, October 21 Luke 18:1-8 THIS YEAR in Great Britain we marked the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. The media have been flail of documentaries and reflections, books have been published, plays performed and the movie...
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Living by the Word: The Untouchables
Sunday, October 14 Luke 17:11-19 SOME YEARS AGO I worked in central London with an organization that reached out to people living on the streets. For most, all we could offer was food, clean clothes and a listening ear, but every now and then...
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Mob Culture
"I'm not a fan of heist movies, where the mechanics of the heist are lovingly detailed. But criminality and people who live in a state of perpetual transgression--that is interesting to me." --David Cronenberg FOR DECADES, Canadian director David...
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Novelist and Essayist Madeleine L'Engle Dies at 88
Madeleine L'Engle, a best-selling author of children's works that merged the worlds of fantasy, science fiction and spirituality--and in the process raised the ire of some religious conservatives--has died at the age of 88. L'Engle's death on September...
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Outspoken Zimbabwe Catholic Prelate Quits amid Scandal
A Roman Catholic archbishop who has been a leading critic of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned amid allegations of a sexual affair with a married woman. Though he has previously denied the accusations, Pius Ncube, 60, archbishop of the...
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PCUSA's Kirkpatrick Will Not Seek New Term
Clifton Kirkpatrick, the top official who has led the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through seemingly interminable social-theological disputes over homosexuality, scripture and church law since 1996, has announced that he will not run for a fourth term...
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Progress Reported on Proselytizing Code
Efforts to establish a code of conduct to govern Christian churches' missionary and evangelism efforts--especially those aimed at other Christians--took a major step forward recently when the World Evangelical Alliance indicated that it would support...
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The Fourth Bear
PAUL MANSHIP'S bronze sculpture Group of Bears is just inside Central Park at the comer of 79th Street and Fifth Avenue. There are three bears in the group: a middle bear standing uptight on his hind legs, a second on all fours, and a third squatting...
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Waiting in Darfur
THE VALLEY that stretches north from the Bela Mountains turns deep green every year when the rains come to West Darfur. Any farmer would love the wide, well-watered valley, and indeed you can see faint outlines of fields where donkey-drawn plows once...
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We're Christians Too
LIKE MITT ROMNEY, I'm a Mormon, and as with him my Mormonism seems to be a defining, make-or-break characteristic for many people I meet. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made great strides in the past decade at improving its public...
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