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. 17, August 22

Aid Agencies Struggle in Lebanon
AFTER WEEKS of Israeli-Hezbollah fighting, waves of people from southern Lebanon holding white flags continued to travel toward Beirut as major relief and church agencies warned that the country faces a humanitarian disaster because of severe difficulties...
Blood and Rubble
IT IS A MEASURE of my anguish and my desperation as a Jew and an American that I write now in this magazine. While death stalks the skies of Haifa, while bombs and missiles rain down on Beirut and what is left of southern Lebanese cities, my country...
Conversion
JASON BYASSEE'S account of six Protestant theologians who made the journey to the Roman Catholic Church (p. 18) made me reflect on my own experience of Catholicism. My Presbyterian and Methodist ancestors viewed Rome with suspicion and thinly veiled...
Evangelicals Break with Bush on North Korea
When evangelical pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren announced that he would make a preaching mission to North Korea next year, it raised eyebrows in the conservative religious community. North Korea, after all, is a keystone in President...
FDA Rethinks Its Delays on Sale of Morning-After Pill
After a three-year fight, the Bush administration signaled that it may be ready to reverse course and approve over-the-counter sales of an emergency contraceptive pill despite strong opposition from the religious right. The Food and Drug Administration...
Gibson's Anti-Semitic Outburst Shocks Jews
Two years after Mel Gibson angered Jewish leaders with The Passion of the Christ, the actor/director has again incensed the Jewish community by reportedly spouting a drunken anti-Semitic diatribe upon his arrest in California. Gibson, who was booked...
Going Catholic
WHEN I RAN into a friend from divinity school recently, we asked each other the normal catch-up questions. Then, in the same casual tone, she said, "So are you going to become Catholic?" It's not that odd a question these days in theological circles....
Head Cases
BEING PRESIDENT of the United States undermines one's mental health or else an inordinate number of people with mental disorder have been elected to the post. According to psychiatrists at Duke University (reported in the June Atlantic Monthly), 16...
Holy the Hardee's
ONE OF C. S. Lewis's colleagues, when he needed to do some serious studying or writing, would board a train and ride from London to Edinburgh and back. He left home for a while in order to return again refreshed. I have the same desire to get away....
Hopes and Fantasies
IT'S POSSIBLE THAT the terrorist group Hezbollah was deliberately inviting a sharp Israeli response when it decided in mid-July to cross from Lebanon into Israel, ambush an Israeli patrol and kidnap two Israeli soldiers. In any case, the Israelis'...
Investors Hail Fraud Convictions of Baptist Foundation Officials
With the fraud convictions of two executives of the bankrupt Baptist Foundation of Arizona, investors are expressing relief that a sad chapter in their lives has ended. In verdicts announced July 24 after a ten-month trial jurors found William Crotts,...
Last Resort
EMOTIONALLY complicated and deeply compassionate, Heading South, by the French director Laurent Cantet, approaches a delicate subject--sex tourism in Haiti in the late 1970s--with a mixture of frankness and tenderness. The frankness is in the treatment...
Living by the Word: Essential Question
Sunday, August 27 John 6:56-69 FOR FIVE WEEKS the lectionary journey through the Gospel of Mark is interrupted by a brief sojourn into the sixth chapter of John. The chapter opens with two familiar stories from the synoptic Gospels: the feeding...
Living by the Word: ID Check
Sunday, September 3 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 HAVE YOU EVER been in a conversation in which it seemed that you and another person were not talking about the same thing even though you were arguing about it strenuously? Something like that is going...
Lutherans, Catholics Methodists in Accord
A top Lutheran leader has hailed a decision by the world's Methodist churches to sign on to an agreement that brought Catholics and Lutherans closer together on a key issue that rent them apart at the time of the Protestant Reformation. "We have...
Paying Attention
CHRISTIAN CAREGIVERS seek to orient persons toward God as the One who will provide for them. All ministry is Christ's ministry, in which the church is privileged to participate. In his book Life Together, Bonhoeffer theologically grounds the practice...
Some Vow Fight for Gay Marriage
A small coalition of religious leaders voiced their support for same-sex marriage in a full-page advertisement in the New York Times. saying they intend to continue fighting for same-sex marriage despite a string of recent court setbacks. The ads...
Sound Alternatives
THESE DAYS the Youngstown, Ohio, band Glass Harp is known only to a small group of classic rock scholars and acolytes, but during its 1970s heyday the group opened for the likes of Alice Cooper, Traffic and the Kinks. It is said that Jimi Hendrix,...
South Korean Church Council Urges Bush to Lift Sanctions on North
The head of South Korea's National Council of Churches has written to President Bush, urging that sanctions on North Korea be lifted and that a peace agreement be negotiated to replace an armistice signed on the Korean Peninsula in 1953. Anglican...
Trouble Brewing
AS AN HEIR of the Methodist tee-totaling commitment, I grew up with a clear sense that alcohol is dangerous and to be avoided. I heard stories of John Wesley's critique of drunkenness in 18th-century England, of how Welch's grape juice was introduced...
Wide-Angle Historian: Jaroslav Pelikan (1923-2006)
JAROSLAV PELIKAN was not a historian easy to characterize. Most historians of Christianity pick some small subfield from the past, which becomes the focus of their research and writing. The really good historians will push back the boundaries of what...
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