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. 130, No. 12, June 12

Abuse Watchdogs Cite Bishops' 'Failings'
Even as an annual review in mid-May gave Catholic bishops high marks on sexual abuse prevention policies, officials with the church's oversight agencies expressed serious concerns about "recent high-profile failings." The latest scandal has shaken...
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Armenia's Survivors
In northeastern Turkey stand the ruins of what was once one of the world s largest and most imposing cities. In the Middle Ages, Ani was the "City of 1,001 Churches," the capital of Armenia's mighty Bagratuni dynasty which held off both the Christian...
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Canadians Turn Away from Organized Religion
A new national study shows that while Canada remains overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers. Results from the 2011 National Household Survey show that more than two-thirds of Canadians,...
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Commencing a New Future
DURING A VISIT to the College of Wooster, in Ohio, Robert Frost said that if you were to love something, you could do worse than give your heart to a college. I find myself thinking about that comment every time I attend a college baccalaureate or...
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Congregations Tend Soil and Soul with Gardens
Morris G. Henderson wasn't sure what do with a vacant block of land behind his 31st Street Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church had purchased the plots but didn't have the funding for the family life center that they had planned to build....
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Embrace & Abandonment: A Pastor and a Poet Talk about God
IN THE PAST FEW YEARS the editors have gotten to know Christian Wiman, a poet, and Matt Fitzgerald, a pastor. Both have written for the CENTURY. We recently learned that the two have often met to discuss faith and their different vocations. Christian...
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How We Make Choices: Congregations and the Psychology of Risk
PSYCHOLOGISTS Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky have challenged the notion that humans generally make rational and informed economic choices. They argue that we make choices based less on a carefully reasoned assessment of outcomes and more on perceived...
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Human Cloning Breakthrough Prompts Objections
NEWS THAT scientists had for the first time recovered stem cells from cloned human embryos prompted dire warnings from religious leaders who say the research crosses a moral red line and could lead to designer babies. Boston cardinal Sean O'Malley,...
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IRS 'Targeting' Angers Conservative Groups
Disclosures that the Internal Revenue Service conducted special scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax exemption, including groups associated with Billy Graham, led the Obama administration in May to oust the agency's acting director and to announce...
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Justices to Review Prayer at Government Meetings
The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether prayers can be offered at government meetings--a practice that's been common in Congress and throughout the states for more than two centuries. The religious expression case, which comes to the Court...
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Living by the Word: Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday; June 16 1 Kings 21:10, (11-14), 15-21a; 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15 GET UP, eat some food, and be cheerful," Jezebel said to Ahab. "I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite." Using letters with forged signatures, she commanded...
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Murky Mandate
Part of local lore at the CHRISTIAN CENTURY is a tale about the time our predecessors, unable to contain their dread of seeing Barry Goldwater in the White House, published an editorial endorsing Lyndon B. Johnson for president. This bit of electioneering...
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Nearest Kin: R. Kendall Soulen on Christians and Jews
R. KENDALL SOULEN, who teaches theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., has focused much of his work on Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations. His book The God of Israel and Christian Theology attempts to restate basic Christian...
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Poor and Unwanted: Sociologist Susan Crawford Sullivan
FOR HER award-winning book Living Faith: Everyday Religion and Mothers in Poverty, Susan Crawford Sullivan interviewed a diverse group of women who were living in poverty. She asked them about the challenges of parenting, working and surviving on little...
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Promised Lands
Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora By Emily Raboteau Atlantic Monthly Press, 320 pp., $25.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Partly a travel memoir, partly the spiritual journey of someone who claims no particular...
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Pulpit Rotation
Congregational life presents a broad range of conflicts and dilemmas in which theological anti ecclesial issues are entwined with the complex drama of' human relations. Such challenges are also moments in which Christian witness can he clarified. This...
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Song for a Time of Terror
WHEN THE BOMBS exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, I was a few miles away, sitting around a table with colleagues from near and far, discussing the Song of Songs. We were a small group of scholars from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives,...
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Speaking Faithfully: Communications as Evangelism in a Noisy World
Speaking Faithfully: Communications as Evangelism in a Noisy World By Jim Naughton and Rebecca Wilson Morehouse, 144 pp., $16.00 paperback Call it the chicken-dinner problem. The last parish I served was a small one in a rural area....
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Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Burial Angers Virginia Muslims
Officials and local residents of a rural Virginia county say they're surprised and angered that the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a local cemetery. Tsarnaev, 26, died following an April 19 getaway attempt...
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The Bluths' School for Virtue
The comedy series Arrested Development has returned for a long awaited fourth season as a Netflix original series. If you haven't watched the first three seasons, let me catch you up: "It's the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the...
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The Scandal of Having Something to Say: Ricoeur and the Possibility of Postliberal Preaching
The Scandal of Having Something to Say: Ricoeur and the Possibility of Postliberal Preaching By Lance B. Pape Baylor University Press, 176 pp., $39.95 Perhaps the best entry point into The Scandal of Having Something to Say is the...
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United Methodist Reporter Folds
THE UNITED Methodist Reporter, a national weekly newspaper that once produced nearly 300 separate editions, each with regional church news, said that the financial losses of recent months were part of an irreversible trend. Its final 45 editions, dated...
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