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. 128, No. 2, January 25

Abortion Rift Divides Bishops, Catholic Hospitals
An umbrella group of Catholic hospitals is backing a Phoenix hospital that was stripped of its church affiliation, thereby setting the stage for another sharp conflict between the hierarchy and Catholic health-care providers. Sister Carol Keehan,...
Another Enlightenment
THIS ESSAY MIGHT be titled "From another Reformation to another Enlightenment." Or perhaps "How an elder thinker returns to the instincts of youth." I have often detected the latter pattern in the works of other thinkers and have grown old enough to...
Church Bombing in Egypt Causes Anguish, Anxiety
The New Year's Day suicide bombing outside a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria, which killed at least 25 people and injured dozens more, brought tightened security measures from Egyptian authorities, who blamed foreigners, and heightened fears...
Church Leaders Praise Nuclear Arms Treaty
CATHOLIC BISHOPS and leaders from Protestant organizations are hailing the Senate's ratification of a treaty with Russia that would reduce both countries' nuclear arms by about 30 percent. Despite some early objections from Republicans, the Senate...
Clear Call
HE IS ALMOST 30 years old, rustically handsome and one of the smartest students to come through our seminary in a long time. But he hid his brilliance beneath a bushel of deferring shyness. On the few occasions when he spoke up in my classes, he would...
Does Atheist Jeopardize Church-State Separation?
He is the most famous--and perhaps the loneliest--atheist in the country. For 14 years, Michael Newdow, an emergency room doctor and an attorney, has challenged what he sees as violations of the First Amendment's prohibition against governmental endorsement...
Double Belonging
AMERICANS HAVE BECOME accustomed to picking and choosing among various religious traditions and practices, selecting whatever is most useful, meaningful or intriguing at the moment. While such cafeteria-style religion is frequently criticized as superficial,...
Dutch Synod Looks to Mend Historic Protestant Splits
A gathering to improve relations between the many Protestant denominations in the Netherlands recently took place on the site of an earlier historic synod, though any idea of complete church unity taking place was said to smack of "an unrealistic utopia."...
Interfaith Parishioners
AMY FRYKHOLM'S article "Double belonging" (p. 20) took me back to my first encounter with double belonging. A young man in my congregation returned from working with the Peace Corps in Vietnam. He made an appointment to see me. After describing his...
Jewish Groups Have Mixed Views on Eric Cantor, New House Majority Leader
Virginia Republican Eric Cantor, upon becoming House majority leader this month, will be the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in history. For many Jewish advocacy groups in Washington, however, it's a mixed blessing. Cantor is a telegenic...
Lonely Avenue
Lonely Avenue By Ben Folds & Nick Hornhy [Nonesuch] On paper, the pairing of piano rocker Ben Folds with witty British literary maverick Nick Hornby sounds great. In his novel High Fidelity, Hornby turned to the subject of music, with...
Now It's Personal
"DO YOU HAVE a personal relationship with Jesus?" Aunt Phoebe's question--for her it was a question about my salvation--made me cringe as a girl. When my siblings and I heard Great Aunt Phoebe's '55 Chevy Bel Air purr up the driveway, we hightailed...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, January 30 Micah 6:1-8 THE OPENING WORDS on the telephone call were familiar: "You don't know me but I know about you...." Since leaving the Presbyterian ministry 20 years ago I've had a number of such calls. The person on the other...
Still Exceptional?
What if the United States isn't just experiencing a deep recession but is entering a period of long-term economic decline? Analysts point out that in some ways the U.S. has already taken a backseat to China, which is the world's largest manufacturer...
The King's Speech
The King's Speech Directed by Tom Hooper Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter The King's Speech is the latest in a long line of "there'll always be an England" movies. These are films--sometimes historical, oftentimes...
'Tukutendereza Yesu'
I'm never convinced when Protestants claim to be people of the Bible alone. They are people of the Bible and the hymnbook, and the two volumes complement each other splendidly. As you sing, so you believe and so you pray--and so you learn much of your...
UCC, Which Urged Lifting Ban on Gays in Military in 1993, Sees Vindication
The United Church of Christ, with its traditionally liberal leadership, has often passed resolutions at national gatherings that seemed "ahead of their time." Such was the case when the UCC's biennial General Synod in 1993 "strongly urged" the U.S....
Vatican Says Teaching on Condoms Unchanged
According to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI's comments published late last year about condoms do not mark a change in "Catholic moral teaching" or "pastoral practice" on AIDS prevention or contraception. The statement by the Congregation for the...

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