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. 126, No. 5, March 10

A Letter to Anselm
DEAR FATHER ANSELM: It's been 900 years since that dawn of April 21, Wednesday in Holy Week, when you fell asleep in Christ. You may be surprised to learn of the fuss that is being made about you, with major conferences in England, Italy and New England,...
Anglican Heads Take Dim View of Would-Be Rival North American Church
Leaders of the Anglican Communion say that they, not dissident conservatives, will decide what role a newly formed traditionalist North American church will have in their worldwide fellowship. Concluding their weeklong meeting February 5 in Alexandria,...
Bad News Evangelicals
For a practice to qualify as "evangelical" in the functional sense means first of all that it communicates news. It says something particular that would not be known and could not be believed were it not said. Second, it must mean that this "news"...
Building for Humans: Architecture after Modernism
THE FIRST DAYS of Princeton Theological Seminary's annual book sale are an academic feeding frenzy. Used copies of biblical commentaries, patristic texts and works by Aquinas, Luther and Calvin are quickly scooped up by eager seminarians. After two...
Ekklesia Acres: Church-Based Gardening
DON CHARLES grips a broadfork, his feet invisible beneath displaced straw from the potato row. The tool is a cross between a rake and a shovel and rises to chest height on most people. Charles bends his 6'7" frame to grip the handles at his waist and...
Frost/Nixon
Frost/Nixon. Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. Working at the top of his game as both a filmmaker and an actor's director, Ron Howard has converted one of the most intriguing media events of the late 1970s--David...
God Big in South, Not So Much in New England and Pacific Northwest
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Want to be almost certain you'll have religious neighbors? Move to Mississippi. Prefer to be in the least religious state? Venture to Vermont. A new Gallup Poll, based on more than 350,000 interviews, finds that the Magnolia...
Habitat Founder Fuller Remembered as Visionary
Millard Fuller, founder of the humanitarian organization Habitat for Humanity International, is being remembered as a visionary whose commitment to providing housing for the poor was rooted in his Christian faith. Fuller, 74, died February 3 after...
Mainline Markers: How Churches Identify Themselves
WHEN DELEGATES want to speak at a gathering of my denomination, it's customary for them to stand up and give their name, next give the name of their church, and then say whatever it is they got up to say. At one of these meetings, delegates began...
Obama Expands Children's Health Insurance Program
On his 16th day in office, President Obama signed a bill expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) by $32 billion, providing coverage to an additional 4 million children in families who have incomes too high to receive Medicaid...
Organ Recipients Thank Family of Shooting Victim
Just a few moments after she met James O'Hea, Aley John leaned against him and pressed her ear to his chest. She wanted to hear her son Dennis's heart. "I want you all to have lives like Dennis," she told O'Hea and four other recipients of her slain...
Poisonous Partisanship
Despite an economic emergency and a popular president, notions of bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill collapsed after about a week. The advantages of political partisanship remain extremely compelling. The early days of the Obama administration...
Questions Linger on Faith-Based Makeover
President Obama has unveiled a revamped White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, but postponed a decision on whether religious groups can discriminate in hiring--an issue that has bedeviled similar government projects. "The...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, March 15 John 2:13-22 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for thy house will consume me." FIRST, TO BE CLEAR: I am in favor of mental health. There is so much suffering in the obsessions and disturbances of the human...
Vatican Finger-Pointing in Holocaust Controversy
After two weeks of international outcry over the pope's decision to readmit a Holocaust-denying bishop, the Vatican's top leaders were still engaged in an extraordinarily severe--and rare--round of public criticism. Jewish groups were outraged when...
Worship Mismatch: Texts and Tunes
CHRISTIAN MUSIC these days is pushing up to and across the boundaries of what many churches and denominations used to regard as acceptable. The introduction of new styles of music in worship--often styles associated with secular popular culture--has...
Writers and Words
WHEN UNUSUALLY balmy weather occurs after a season of cold and snow, some of us cannot resist thinking about baseball. As I write, pitchers and catchers are packing up for their spring training--an event that for baseball fans is like the first Sunday...