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. 127, No. 6, March 23

A New, Ethical Financial Order?
Ever since the Great Recession began in the fall of 2008, Christians and other faith leaders have criticized the speculative excess and greed that led to the crisis. A consensus on what to do about it, however, has yet to emerge. The parameters...
Avatar
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Avatar Written and directed by James Cameron Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang By the time you read this, Avatar will have grossed enough to pay down the national debt, bail...
Baylor's Choice of Starr Was a Surprise to Many
The initial Baptist reaction to the choice of a controversial national political figure to serve as president of Baylor University has ranged from enthusiastic to skeptical. The mid-February news that Kenneth Starr, 63, former Whitewater special...
Born Again Again
In the 19th century, European and North American missionaries spanned the world, bringing the light of the gospel into what they thought were the dark corners of heathendom. In many regions, though, the natives did not react as the newcomers expected....
Build Back Better: The Haiti Relief Effort Is Impressive. What's Next?
The initial humanitarian response to the January 12 earthquake in Haiti has been impressive. Within weeks, Americans pledged over $500 million to the relief effort, almost equaling their response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. It's been estimated...
Clergy Seek IRS Probe of D.C. Boarding House
A group of 13 Ohio clergy is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of a Washington boarding house used by conservative members of Congress. The C Street Center, a redbrick townhouse on Capitol Hill, came to public...
'Do Not Presume': The Fate of the Other Thief
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I CUT MY theological teeth at a resolutely secular institution: Northwestern University, on Chicago's suburban north shore. The university's magnificent Alice Millar Chapel might well give the impression that it is some kind...
Israel Adds West Bank Shrines to Protected List
A decision to include two West Bank shrines in a list of Jewish heritage sites slated for preservation has been praised by religious and right-wing Jews and scorned by Palestinians and their supporters. Speaking at a February 21 cabinet meeting,...
Kassmann Quits Post as German Protestant Leader after Drinking Offense
The first woman elected to lead Germany's 24 million Protestants in the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Bishop Margot Kassmann, resigned the post days after she was apprehended for a drunk-driving offense. She said February 24 that she will...
Now Can We Sing? the Easter Response
ABOUT A MONTH after my mother died, as I was conscientiously prolonging my grief, I was offended by the impertinence of an undeniably glorious sunny day, and in February too. What sort of God would rub such beauty in my sorrow-contorted face? It made...
Orthodox Patriarch Argues for Church Dialogues over Self-Imposed Isolation
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, a key leader for the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians, has written a Lenten encyclical that stresses the need for greater unity for churches and counters accusations from a trio of Greek archbishops that...
Out of Afghanistan: Why Matthew Hoh Resigned
MATTHEW HOH is a former Marine Corps captain who served with the U.S. Department of State in Iraq and Afghanistan for seven years. Last fall he resigned his post in Afghanistan, declaring in his resignation letter: "I find specious the reasons we ask...
Out of the Rubble. Haiti's Long-Term Needs
AFTER HAVING been buried for a week in the rubble of Haiti's January 12 earthquake, Ena Zizi was rescued by the Gophers. As they pulled her dirty and injured body out on a broken piece of plywood salvaged from the rubble and carefully passed her down...
Presbytery OKs Gay Church Leader for Ordination
A FORMER Presbyterian pastor and nationally known ecumenical leader has been approved for ordained ministry in Wisconsin by a presbytery which noted his declared conscientious objection to denominational standards that rule out ordaining an openly...
Raised Up
IN TIME FOR HOLY WEEK, this issue features David Cunningham's essay on the destiny of the "other thief" who was on the cross beside Jesus. It also contains William H. Willimon's witness to the radical news of Easter. I suspect I'm not the only preacher...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Palm Sunday, March Sunday, March 28 Luke 19:28-40 FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS our church has had a pastoral internship program designed for intensive discipleship training and character formation. From time to time, our interns are asked: "Is your...
Two Suspects Arrested in East Texas Church Fires
Two young men suspected of setting at least nine churches on fire in East Texas were active in the youth group of a Southern Baptist congregation before drifting away from church after the mother of one of them died three years ago. David McAllister,...
Working People
WHEN STUDS TERKEL, described by Donna Seaman as "oral historian, writer of conscience and raconteur-on-a-mission," died on Halloween in 2008, he left a tall stack of books behind him. None affected me more than one called Working: People Talk About...