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. 123, No. 3, February 7

After Divorce
ELIZABETH MARQUARDT'S book sat on my shelf for many weeks. I really wanted to read it. I had heard about her research and had been intrigued. Yet I kept avoiding actually opening the book. It does not take a shrink to tell me I was avoiding it because...
After the Loving
THE CENTRAL MESSAGE of Stephanie Coontz's history is that marriage is in big trouble. In fact, it is about to collapse, she says, and there is little anyone can do about it. The forces disestablishing marriage in Western societies are so overwhelming...
Assisted-Suicide Law Gets Key Victory
A RECENT Supreme Court decision that upholds Oregon's landmark law permitting doctor-assisted suicides does not end the nationwide ethical and legal debate on such suicides. The Court did not deal with the constitutionality of the state law. But...
Augustine on the Couch
FOR CATHOLICS and Protestants alike, Augustine's views of grace and freedom have set the theological agenda. His trinitarian theology, his account of evil and his views on the relationship between the church and secular government also continue to...
Bonhoeffer for Us
FOR THE first time in the United States," said the book blurb, "a number of Christian thinkers gathered to analyze Bonhoeffer's theological achievement for publication." So eight of us claimed--I was editor--in The Place of Bonhoeffer, which in 1962...
Buying Favors
WHEN A SPIRITUAL revival broke out at an evangelical college a few years ago, one faculty member was reported as saying that it would be wise to wait 25 years before assessing whether anything significant had happened. Such reservations are appropriate...
Catholic Bishops Urge U.S. Troop Departure from Iraq 'Sooner'
America's Catholic bishops have called for the U.S. military to leave Iraq "sooner rather than later," and expressed concern that the war has drained funds from "pressing needs" at home and abroad. Bishop Thomas Wenski, writing for the bishops'...
Filipino Churches Seek Global Christian Help over Assassinations
Filipino churches seeking justice over the summary killings of church and human rights workers are looking to the international Christian community to pressure the government in Manila to put a halt to the assassinations. The latest church delegation...
Fractured Family
A CYNICAL TEENAGER, backpack shrug over one shoulder, sighs to his buddy who's just announced his parents' divorce: "'Joint custody blows." So begins The Squid and the Whale, the Kramer vs. Kramer for our time. It tells the story of a divorce not from...
Immodest Proposal
IT WAS TIME to sit down with my church's personnel committee and plan a new year, and I was ready. I knew just how to make the case for a salary increase: I asked for a raise to a level equal to 100 times our secretary's salary. I explained that the...
Living by the Word: Dose of Forgiveness
Sunday, February 19 Isaiah 43: 18-25; Psalm 41; Mark 2:1-12 IN THE PLAY A Thousand Clowns, by Herb Gardner, a character flamed Murray discovers that he can offer a simple apology to almost anyone--even a complete stranger--and he or she will forgive...
Living by the Word: Healed, Not Cured
Sunday, February 19 Isaiah 43: 18-25; Psalm 41; Mark 2:1-12 THEY BOTH WERE angry, and they had a right to be angry. Judy's mother was chronically ill, and would be for the rest of her life. As an only child Judy felt responsible, and she did her...
Marriage Ministry
THIS ISSUE of the CENTURY engages an important conversation about the state of marriage and the effects of divorce. Ministers, of course, are regularly and directly involved in marriages and divorces. When preaching, ministers must bear in mind...
Masked Man
ADOPTING THE approach of most movies made about the life of the notorious pleasure seeker, Lasse Hallstrom's Casanova isn't a biography but a freeform embellishment. It treats Casanova as a legend, a symbol like Zorro. Though he's celebrated for his...
Moms' Malaise
MY FRIENDS and I pride ourselves on not being status-conscious suburban moms. We don't try to replicate Martha Stewart's cupcake icings, .we don't throw themed birthday parties with paid entertainers, and we don't worry about whether our three-year-olds'...
No Good Divorce
IN HER BOOK Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce (reviewed on page 21), Elizabeth Marquardt examines the impact of divorce on children. Her book is based on a survey of 1,500 young adults which allowed her to compare the experiences...
Not a Slam Dunk
THE MYTH THAT sports are racially redemptive makes for formulaic movies. Glory Road feels a lot like Remember the Titans. The films (both produced by Jerry Bruckheimer) show how a team's drive to win a championship overcomes racial divisions and leads...
Prominent SBC Leader Charged with Lewd Act
A prominent Oklahoma minister and member of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee was charged January 11 with offering to engage in a lewd act. Lonnie Latham, 60, resigned as pastor of the 1,500-member South Tulsa Baptist Church...
School District Pulls ID Course after Suit
Just days after being sued, making national news as a result, a California school district agreed to stop teaching a "philosophy" course that critics said promoted creationism and intelligent design. Americans United for Separation of Church and...
Senator's Shift Alters Response to Suicide Law
Republicans control both chambers of Congress and likely could muster enough votes to block the Oregon law that allows physician-assisted suicide. But an apparent about-face by an Oregon senator could alter the political landscape in the Senate. ...
Top Films of '05
GEORGE CLOONEY had two films in release in 2005, both of which make my list of the year's top ten films. The first, Good Night, and Good Luck, takes a sharply focused look at a moment when TV journalist Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) exposed the...
Walking in Place
HERE AT THE beginning of the New Year, I have resolved to quit the journey. What journey is that, you may ask. Judging by the language I both use and hear, it is the linear journey of life. Day by day, I wish people well on their journeys, as they...