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. 118, No. 30, November 7

Back to Normal? (Faith Matters)
Anyone who has done much hospital calling knows about the awakening that often accompanies serious illness or injury. All of a sudden, someone who ran a small business (or a large household) cannot walk to the bathroom unassisted. Sitting upright in...
Bin Laden's Strategy: War and the Religious Imagination
WHEN THE U.S. declared war on global terrorism after September 11, Osama bin Laden "must have had a sense of relief when America came attacking" in Afghanistan a month later, says the author of a suddenly popular book on the rise of religious violence....
Canada's Church Leaders Urge End to Bombing. (News)
Going further than most North American Christian organizations, a coalition of top Canadian church leaders is urging an end to what it calls the "highly regrettable" bombing of Afghanistan. "The essential goal of preventing further terrorist attacks...
Civilization Clash? (Impressions)
AFTER LEADING the West to a victory over Iraq in the gulf war, President George Bush boldly promised a new world order for the 21st century. That hope received a major blow on September 11. In response, his son George W. Bush launched a military assault...
Colombia's War: Drugs, Oil and Markets. (Cover Story)
In the name of the "war on drugs" much of Colombia is being subjected to terror in the form of massacres, assassinations, rapes and the spraying of poison from airplanes. When in August 2000 Congress approved President Bill Clinton's request for $1.3...
Disparate Perspectives
IF THE CONFLICT in which the U.S. is now engaged is not one of the storied "clashes of civilizations" predicted by Samuel Huntington, it does involve a potentially deadly clash of perceptions. Those in the West who have joined the war on terrorism...
Ecologists of Faith Look for Converts. (News)
Science needs religion after all--at least when the goal is to make the masses care about global climate change. That precept has for five years motivated eco-minded scholars to document the great religions' common love for the Earth. Now their Forum...
Getting Organized: Faith-Based Alliances Make a Difference
Aurora Solis is typical of the people involved in faith-based organizing. Solis, a Mexican immigrant who grew up in a low-income home, works in a staff position at a high school in San Jose, California. She has been a U.S. citizen for only four years....
Moral Outing. (Arts)
FROM HELL begins with Jack the Ripper's infamous claim that he gave birth to the 20th century. The prominent position that the filmmakers, Allen and Albert Hughes, give this claim implies that they intend to offer proof of it as the movie's action...
Muslim to Muslim: An American Speaks Out
The author addressed this memo to fellow American Muslims with the aim of inviting them "to lead the American Muslim community in soul-searching, reflection and reassessment." WHAT HAPPENED on September 11 in New York and Washington, D.C., will...
One Quiet Day: Jerusalem Christian Leaders March to Bethlehem
The guns momentarily fell silent in Bethlehem as the town's Christian leaders led a peace march of several hundred clergy, pilgrims and lay-people from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity. The march, attended by a rainbow of church figures--from...
Presbytery Ordains Lesbian. (News)
A NORTHERN California presbytery has ordained Katie Morrison, an openly lesbian candidate, to the ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Though conservative objections fell short of blocking the legal procedures leading to the October 21 service...
The Other Kingdom. (Living by the Word)
Sunday, November 25 Luke 23:33-43 "See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves" (Luke 10:3). If human beings grew up individually among wolves, they would not know what to do as human beings. There would not be a human posture...
Where Geese Corrupt. (M.E.M.O)
WE OCCASIONAL preachers rage for illustrative material just as desperately as do those who produce weekly sermons. Recently I sought material that would help me render Luke 12:32-40 in contemporary terms: "Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make...

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