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. 125, January 29

Black Churches Torn between Clinton, Obama
If it's true that a house divided cannot stand, then black churches across South Carolina should be shaking. Take, for instance, Bible Way Church of Atlas Road in Columbia. The black megachurch's pastor, Darrell Jackson Sr., is a paid consultant...
Candidates & Moviegoers
REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC candidates who survive the February 5 delegate nomination marathon should be ready to confront a hidden danger to their campaigns--movies. Hillary Clinton, for example, should be concerned about Primary Colors (1998), a thinly...
Church Leaders Plead for Peace in Kenyan Turmoil
Religious leaders are condemning postelection violence in Kenya that some observers say evokes memories of ethnic violence in Rwanda almost 14 years ago. An Assemblies of God church in western Kenya was targeted January 1, and at least 30 people...
Empty Shelves: Heretofore a Success Story, the Nation's Food Bank System Is Being Stretched to the Breaking Point
Rosalie Higgins has had a hardscrabble life. She didn't make it into the air force and she couldn't complete nursing school. The jobs she was able to get with the computer skills that she picked up in trade school paid no better than $6.50 an hour....
God's Love, Mother's Milk: An Image of Salvation
FOR MOST CHRISTIANS, the primary symbol of God's love and care for humanity is a cross--a reminder of the crucifixion. Yet for approximately the first five centuries of the Christian movement the crucifixion was not depicted visually because it was...
Grief Work: A Palestinian and an Israeli in Conversation
TWO MEN FROM two different worlds, separated by a street, a checkpoint, a wall and, until recently, a worldview. One was a tall, slim young Israeli Ashkenazi Jew named Guy. On this night he entered the Old City of Jerusalem through Jaffa Gate the way...
Living by the Word
Sunday, February 3 Matthew 17:1-9; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Exodus 24:12-18 KURT VONNEGUT, the renowned writer and self-avowed humanist, once said that his epitaph should read, "The only proof he ever needed of the existence of God was music." I wonder...
Pan-Muslim Group Accepts Invitation for Vatican Dialogue
A groundbreaking group of prominent Muslim scholars and clerics has accepted the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI for a "working meeting" on interreligious dialogue at the Vatican within the next two months. According to Catholic News Service, Prince...
Physicist and Priest: An Interview with John Polkinghorne
ORDAINED AN Anglican priest after a career as one of the world's top quantum physicists (his work helped lead to the discovery of the quark, a basic element of matter), John Polkinghorne vigorously argues that science and religion are not at odds....
Spiritual Soccer
"I HAVE RESIGNED MYSELF to the fact that there are some people in this life with whom I will never be reconciled." I was 22 and a second-year seminarian when an older friend said this to me, and I was shocked. How could a faithful man, one who had...
Taste and See
IN 2008, we have the opportunity to celebrate the centennial of MSG! In 1908, Japanese scientist Kikunae Ikeda isolated MSG--monosodium glutamate--and introduced the concept of a fifth taste: umami. I personally hadn't heard of it until this past autumn...
Tax-Exempt? Lifestyles of the Rich and Religious
REPRESENTATIVES OF five of the six ministries under investigation by Senator Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) made contact with Grassley's office by the proposed December 6 deadline, but reportedly only two organizations-those of Kenneth Copeland and Joyce...
There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. I often tell screenwriting students not to avoid the difficult scene. By "difficult scene" I mean one involving a serious confrontation, a declaration...
Tony Blair Joins Catholic Church
After months of speculation, former British prime minister Tony Blair converted to Roman Catholicism in a low-key ceremony at an archbishop's chapel in London just before Christmas. During his ten years as prime minister, Blair steadfastly sidestepped...
Truth Claims
ONE OF THE MOST serious challenges a person of faith confronts is the classic tension between faith and reason, religion and science. Some people live thoroughly and comfortably in one realm or the other. Some travel back and forth (perhaps only on...
Willow Creek Finds Limits to Its Model
Willow Creek Community Church, the suburban Chicago megachurch that has become a model for some of the nation's largest congregations, started more than a quarter century ago by asking the question: Why don't people go to church? Now, church leaders...
Young, Muslim & Female: An Interview with Ausma Khan
THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF of Muslim Girl magazine, a bimonthly journal designed to reach Muslim teens in the U.S., is Ausma Khan. She grew up in England and Canada and has university degrees in law, political science and human rights. How did Muslim Girl...
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