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. 119, No. 20, September 25

Anglican Bishop Faults Eucharistic Language. (News)
Anglican Bishop of Oxford Richard Harries has suggested in a book that the "cannibalistic language of the Eucharist" is part of the reason Christianity is declining in Britain. In God Outside the Box, Harries cited a revulsion that the uninitiated...
`Beam Me Up' Theology. (the Debate over `Left Behind')
THE HUGELY POPULAR "Left Behind" series of novels continues to frustrate mainstream pastors and biblical scholars who object to an "end-times" theology they consider just as fictional as the books' genre. The readers are real, however. The tenth and...
Can You Give Your Witness? (from the Editor/publisher)
I MUST CONFESS I had never heard of Oprah Winfrey before she appeared in the role of Sofia in the 1985 film version of Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple. It was a difficult and demanding part, and I remember being impressed with the power of her...
Catholic Bishops Join Opposition to War. (News)
THE NATION'S CATHOLIC bishops, following the lead of mainline Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox leaders, have urged President Bush "to step back from the brink of war." Indicative of the political influence of U.S. Catholicism, a strongly worded...
Distressed Families
FAMILIES IN spiritual crisis was such a dominant theme among the 26 films in competition at the Montreal World Film Festival that one suspected the selections committee was composed of zealous social workers. An Italian film, Casomai, directed by Alessandro...
`Faith-Based' Survey Stresses Benefits. (News)
Faith-based charities receiving taxpayer funding report a high satisfaction in working with government agencies. But barely half of them say they are familiar with government guidelines intended to prevent abuses of the Constitution, says a survey...
Giving and Getting. (M.E.M.O)
SUPPOSE YOU AND I were on the dock at the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Suppose you, being well heeled and generous, gave me a dollar (in 2002 currency value) and, a second later, gave me another. Your means and generosity were lavish, so you and your...
Heartbreak City
FRITZ LANG was already the most celebrated filmmaker in Germany when he made the silent movie Metropolis in 1927. His previous movies, playful, magically inventive slices of expressionism, had already investigated adventure, mythology, science fiction--all...
Indefensible War. (Faith Matters)
THE "GRAVE AND gathering danger" hanging over the world is not so much the danger that Saddam Hussein presents (as President Bush insists) but the danger of American preemptive war against Iraq. The Bush administration believes that such a war is necessary...
In Jesus' Name?
PUBLIC PRAYER with non-Christians is risky business, at least if you're a Missouri Synod Lutheran. Pastor David Benke of the LCMS is going through a disciplinary process for having prayed at the interfaith "Prayer for America" service held at Yankee...
Left Behind-It's a Good Thing
"I tell you, that on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left." Luke 17:34-35, NRSV. THE "LEFT BEHIND" fiction series by Tim...
Living by the Word
Sunday, October 13 Matthew 22:1-14 Dress code IF YOU ARE EVER invited to a gala event where a constitutional monarch is present, you will be told to wear a dark suit or a formal dress. If you do not follow the dress code, you will be denied entry...
Oprah on a Mission: Dispensing a Gospel of Health and Happiness
THE ENTERTAINMENT business is not usually thought of as a missionary enterprise, but talkshow host and media queen Oprah Winfrey is a woman on a mission. It says so right in her magazine's table of contents: "This month's mission ..." The mission themes...
Period Piece
COWARDICE IN the movies is one of those all-too-human flaws that tends to get under an audience's skin as they sit in the dark and wonder what they might do under similar circumstances. Would I go over the top onto a bloody battlefield or stay frozen...
Reeve Endorses UK Stem Cell Bank. (News)
A powerful message from the disabled Superman star Christopher Reeve highlighted a recent conference to launch Britain's national bank of stem cells for medical research. A $4 million project by the government-funded Medical Research Council, the stem...
Religious Congregation Data Spotty in Study. (News)
A once-a-decade collection of data on U.S. religious congregations and their "adherents" once again showed that Catholics are the most numerous, that conservative churches are the growth leaders and that the Pacific Northwest continues to rank as the...
Slippery Slope. (Medical Technology and the Human Future)
Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics. By Leon R. Kass. Encounter, 300 pp., $26.95 WHEN PEOPLE REMEMBER the 1960s they usually think of Vietnam, cultural upheaval and assorted liberation movements. But the `60s should...
Study: Seminaries Need Younger, Giving Trustees. (News)
Trustees sitting on the boards of Christian seminaries in North America tend to be older and give less money than do board members of many other nonprofit institutions, according to the latest study of theological schools from Auburn Theological Seminary....
Tongue-Tied. (Glossolalia and Me)
THE STORY OF PENTECOST, in the Book of Acts, is where we learn about speaking in tongues. The immediate manifestation of the Spirit in Acts is the apostles' sudden ability to speak in languages they don't know, and to understand one another. It is...
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