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. 112, No. 23, August 2

A Bosnian Muslim Speaks Out: An Interview with Imam Senad Agic
IMAN SENAD AGIC, a native of Bosnia, has headed the Northbrook Islamic Center in Northbrook, Illinois, for the past five years. Agic completed his religious training in Sarajevo, after which he was invited to direct the Northbrook center by Bosnian Muslim...
A Guide to the Radical Right
THE SIEGE of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, by officials of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reached its fiery denouement on April 19, 1993. Americans expressed sadness for the tragic fate of the children, but the consensus...
Can Nations Apologize?
THE DEBATE over apologies for the war between the U.S. and Japan has foundered. Officials in both countries are stalled in the ruts of a pragmatism common to both cultures: "Let the past be, let us look to the future." In the midst of this standoff,...
Clinton on Religion in Schools
PRESIDENT CLINTON issued a landmark directive July 12 providing guidelines for religious expression in public schools. The president's move was widely interpreted as a pre-emptive strike against a proposed constitutional amendment on religious freedom...
Essential to Our Ecosystem
AT THE DES MOINES zoo the other day I watched my grandchildren "experience" a prairie dog village. They climbed through concrete passages and emerged a few feet away to a kind of dome, where they could wave at their elders. Everything was neat, antiseptic...
Kids
LATELY I HAVEN'T had time to read the papers, as I have been building a mouseproof closet against a rain of mice. But sometimes, kindling a fire with last week's Gazette, I glance through the pages and catch up a little with the times." That's how E....
Kid's Stuff
LATELY I HAVEN'T had time to read the papers, as I have been building a mouseproof closet against a rain of mice. But sometimes, kindling a fire with last week's Gazette, I glance through the pages and catch up a little with the times." That's how E....
Militias, Christian Identity and the Radical Right
THE BOMBING of the federal building in Oklahoma City opened a window on the previously invisible subculture of militias, survivalists and conspiracy theorists. This radical right-wing subculture has existed for more than a quarter century, and its roots...
Performing the Faith
A BUMPER STICKER gave me a clue to the meaning of the eschatological faith announced in Hebrews 11 and through much of scripture. The slogan declared the creed of the present age: "Enjoy Life! This is not a rehearsal." This plea confronts us at every...
Serbs Forcibly Enlist Refugees to Fight
When the Bosnian war started in April 1992, Miki, an electrical engineer, and his wife, Nada, a high school math teacher, moved their family from Sarajevo to Belgrade. (Both refugees' names have been changed for their protection.) Like many other Bosnian...