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. 127, No. 22, November 2

Are the Kids All Right? Questions about Donor Conception
THE FILM The Kids Are All Right offers a bittersweet portrayal of changes that sweep through a family after two teenagers, the children of a lesbian couple, meet the sperm donor who is their biological father. The donor begins to win their hearts,...
A Slow Tsunami: Pakistan Ravaged by Flooding
THE SUMMERTIME floods have devastated Pakistan--inundating one-fifth of the country, displacing millions, destroying and altering landscapes. But in other ways the floods changed very little. The country was already facing a perilous humanitarian and...
Churches Leaving ELCA Evaluate the Cost
South Dakota pastor Julius Badigo has long known that Christian discipleship is costly. For him, that cost is increasingly measured in dollars--to the tune of thousands per month. Badigo lost his $2,200 monthly salary earlier this year when his...
Critics Say Action Needed at Faith-Based Office
Six months after advisers turned in 164 pages of recommendations to the White House's faith-based office, thorny church-state questions remain unanswered, and some critics say the office has been used to push President Obama's health-care reform. ...
God Is Love: A Basic Christian Claim
WHAT DO CHRISTIANS mean when they say that God is love? How do we answer that question in a dialogue between Muslims and Christians, which is to say, in a tension-filled intellectual space of wrestling to understand and articulate our similarities...
Impoverished Thinking
The poverty rate in the U.S. reached 14.3 percent in 2009--the highest level in 15 years. Another 4 million people dropped below the poverty line that year, bringing the total number of people in poverty to 43.6 million--the highest number since the...
Kingdom-Sized Desire
I FELL DESPERATELY in love at the age of 17. I'd run to the window overlooking the street, hoping "he" would arrive unexpectedly. Even when I knew he was far away at college, I flew like a trapped bird toward that window in a kind of irrational frenzy,...
Land Battle: Settlements and Middle East Peace
IF PEACE TALKS between Israelis and the Palestinians break down completely, the sticking point is likely to be expanded Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Indeed, settlements have for the past two years been the focus of attention from U.S. negotiators....
Married or Not: Standards for Gay Clergy
LAST SUMMER, the churchwide assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America decided that synods could ordain homosexual clergy. Gays in the ELCA no longer need to be celibate in order to be ordained. The ELCA was specific in its formulation:...
Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go Directed by Mark Romanek Starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley and Charlotte Rampling Based on the award-winning 2005 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, who also penned The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go is that...
No Exemptions for Faith
Earlier this year, a group of English bishops charged that the nation's Christians faced systematic discrimination that endangered their right to hold public office. Some even warned that anti-Christian hostility amounted to open persecution, which...
Oasis in Cambridge
THE UNITED Reformed Church of Great Britain has about 75,000 members in 1,600 congregations. It has been declining in membership for years. An enterprising URC minister from a London suburb, Martin Camroux, concerned not only about declining numbers...
On the Fault Line: Christian-Muslim Encounters in Nigeria
THE FACE OF global Christianity isn't changing--it has changed. The average Christian is no longer a white American or European but a poor black woman in sub-Saharan Africa. No single nation represents this shift in the face of global Christianity...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday November 7 Luke 20:27-38 YEARS AGO, THE brilliant but cantankerous Baptist preacher Carlyle Marney was speaking to some students at a Christian college. When a student asked, "Dr. Marney, would you say a word or two about the resurrection...
Supreme Court Torn over Speech Rights, Private Rites
A family's right to privacy for the funeral of a slain marine clashed with a small church's right to preach its antigay gospel in a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on October 6. Despite religion's prominent role in the dispute, however, the...