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. 16, August 12

Cantus Firmus
To Dietrich Bonhoeffer Executed by the Nazis in April 1945 Your faith I find impossible to emulate In the true God whose eye Is on the sparrow, and also me, but Perhaps I may be permitted To learn something of your very human grace, ...
Churches Using Internet for Social Networking
Social-networking Web sites like Facebook and MySpace are redefining the way many Americans build and maintain relationships--and also how their churches communicate. In recent years, making social contacts through such sites has become ubiquitous...
Church of England May Allow Women Bishops despite Threats of Split
The Church of England is facing the threat of a major split and years of turmoil over a vote by the church's General Synod to allow the consecration of women as Anglican bishops. The vote on July 7 authorized the formation of a group to draft a...
Faith-Based Doubts
Not many policy proposals from the 1990s can be trotted out a decade later in almost exactly the same form. But Barack Obama's plan to launch his own faith-based initiative closely echoes proposals endorsed years ago by Al Gore and George W. Bush....
If the Truth Were Told
EARLIER THIS YEAR the Fox network, showing either the effects of the writers' strike or the signs of social decay, offered a gem of televised exploitation--the kind that repulses you but you can't help watching. The game show The Moment of Truth features...
John Templeton, Backer of Religion-and-Science Studies, Dies at 95
John Marks Templeton, who first made his mark as a pioneer international investor, is being remembered in religious circles for his commitment to the most prominent prize in religion: the annual Templeton Prize. His passionate interest in the relation...
Life without Parole: The Story of Liam Q
IN 1981, at the age of 17, my friend Liam Q. did what many adventurous Kansas farm boys do: he joined the U.S. Navy to see the world. His test scores marked him for further training in a technical specialty, but Liam wanted to steel an aircraft carrier,...
Public Stewards
FORMER COLORADO senator Gary Hart has drafted a policy blueprint for the next U.S. president. Hart, a Democrat who began his political career in 1971 as national campaign manager for George McGovern, is politically well prepared to make this proposal....
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, August 17 Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28 THE PROBLEM WITH Matthew 15:21-28 lies in the portrait of Jesus as neither the Jesus we have come to know and love nor, if we are honest, a Jesus we particularly like. The optional verses in the lectionary...
Running on Hope: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
IN JUNE, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, a professor in the justice and peace studies program at St. Thomas University in Minneapolis, ended his bid for the US. Senate after Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party picked Al Franken as its nominee. Nelson-Pallmeyer...
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger. As a boy, I was a slave to DC Comics. When the new issues of Superman, Batman, Action, Adventure and World's Finest hit the stands, I was off to the...
The Reach of Grace
STUDENTS OF Shakespeare know that the bard didn't create his material solely out of his own imagination, but instead masterfully recrafted stories that were centuries old. And Shakespeare's own dramas have been repeatedly reimagined in contemporary...
The Risks of Writing: An Interview with Ron Hansen
NOVELIST RON HANSEN is known for working with a variety of themes and in a variety of genres. His first novels, Desperadoes (1979) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (1983)--recently made into a film starring Brad Pitt--were...
Three Bishops Say Iowa Migrants Deserve Better after Raid, Floods
Iowa bishops from three denominations have demanded an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy in the wake of a government raid on a large kosher slaughterhouse and allegations of worker mistreatment during relief efforts after June's floods. "We are...
Upside of a Downturn
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE I know, I am feeling the pinch of a straitened economy. I eat out less often, I drive less far and I write fewer checks to my favorite charities. These are all middle-class concerns, I know (does anyone admit to being upper-middle...
Will Evangelicals Respond to Obama's Overtures?
Heather Rosema of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is precisely the kind of Christian voter that Senator Barack Obama covets. Rosema, 41, chose George W. Bush in 2000, when she put greater emphasis on issues like abortion and gay marriage. This year, she intends...