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. 125, No. 6, March 25

All That Jazz: A Disputed Approach to Outreach
"HOW DO WE DO effective evangelism? All our 'outreach' events are just another excuse for fellowship!" Our new associate pastor looked around at the outreach committee, but nobody answered him. He pressed his point. "I mean, how do we actually reach...
Coexistence
Summarizing for a TV reporter the point of a long, technical address to the Royal Courts of Justice on the relationship between religious communities and the British judicial system, the archbishop of Canterbury said that some accommodation with shari'a...
Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days
Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days. Directed by Cristian Mungiu. Starring Laura Vasiliu and Anamaria Marinca. Part of what makes Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days so fascinating is its rambling, almost...
In Search of Common Ground: Rachel Laser of 'Third Way'
RACHEL LASER is senior policy adviser at Third Way, a "nonpartisan strategy center for progressives" based in Washington, D.C., that seeks to locate middle ground between progressives and conservatives on issues of security, economics and culture....
IRS Probes Appearance by Obama at UCC Convention
The Internal Revenue Service has notified the United Church of Christ that it has opened an investigation into possible "political activities" connected with Senator Barack Obama's speech at the denomination's national convention last year. UCC...
Lines for Easter
A GOOD FRIEND and a favorite teacher in the church I served in Ohio was Walter Bouman, professor of theology at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus. We made him an honorary Presbyterian. About the only thing we ever seriously disagreed about was...
Midwest Is 'Microcosm of American Religion'
New England is heavily Catholic, the South is predominantly evangelical, the West Coast has the highest proportion of religiously unaffiliated folks. If you're a Midwesterner, you're living in the region that best reflects the religious diversity of...
My Hometown
SIXTY-NINE YEARS after I moved away, I still read the West Point News, the weekly in my Nebraska hometown. Recently some items in the paper's "75 Years Ago" column caught my attention: "February 9, 1933: The Stanton County Courthouse is without a telephone....
Of Two Minds
WE ARE USED TO having opposable thumbs. They enable our hands to do things that are impossible for other creatures: write, thread needles, paint, sculpt, perform intricate surgical procedures. Roger Martin, a business school dean in Toronto, urges...
Presbyterian Court Nixes Gay Compromise
At the last biennial Presbyterian General Assembly, many gay-rights supporters along with many conservatives weary of decades-old fights approved a delicate compromise that kept the ordination standards of "chastity and fidelity" but allowed presbyteries...
Purple State of Mind
Purple State of Mind. Directed by John Marks and Craig Detweiler. Did Jesus Christ ever have an erection? John Marks poses that question to his Christian friend Craig Detweiler in the film Purple State of Mind, which is showing in limited release...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, March 30 Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; I Peter 1:3-9; John 20: 19-31 THE PSALMIST HAS a body, and it figures prominently in his poetry. His kidneys lash him, his heart rejoices, his pulse (or liver) beats with joy. His body is not gross...
Rights and Wrongs: An Interview with Nicholas Wolterstorff
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE CHRISTIAN philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff has pursued a broad range of interests, including political philosophy, aesthetics, metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. He was recently professor of philosophical theology...
SMU Agrees to House Bush Library, Policy Institute; Opponents Vow to Fight
Southern Methodist University trustees have officially agreed to house the George W. Bush presidential library, museum and public policy institute on its Dallas campus, despite objections from many United Methodists and alumni. The board at the...
Something like Forgiveness: Healing in Northern Ireland
THERE IS A SAYING, "The English never remember, the Irish never forget." The more sober truth is that everyone remembers and forgets selectively. Therein is a political problem that is well illustrated in Northern Ireland these days. Many people...
The Unasked Question
BY MID-MARCH, Democratic presidential candidates will have participated in 20 debates, while the Republican candidates will have debated 21 times. None of these debates offered any substantive discussion of Israel and Palestine. In a recent forum...
Tying Knots: A Pastor's Wedding Adventures
THE BRIDE WORE a white dress with pearls, a veil and a big red nose. The groom had a rainbow wig, and instead of patent leather shoes, floppy brogues as big as boats which were coming apart at the toes. All around them a raucous band of clowns held...
U.S. Religious Landscape in Dynamic Flux
A massive new study of the American religious landscape shows that Protestants are losing their majority share of the nation's population and that the country's broad religious diversity is accompanied by great shifts in religious affiliation. The...
World Council of Churches to Seek New Chief after Kobia Declines Second Term
The World Council of Churches, suddenly faced with criticisms of its general secretary, Samuel Kobia, who decided not to seek another five-year term, is searching for a new executive to take over the world's largest ecumenical body next year. Kobia,...