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. 117, No. 17, May 24

A Jesus to Ponder
AS A CONSISTENT critic of even sober historical reconstructions of Jesus, I was not predisposed to appreciate the CBS mini-series Jesus. Cinematic renderings of a "truly human Jesus" usually combine the lamebrained and the lubricious. They confirm...
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Ecclesial Protest
GETTING ARRESTED, as advocates for gays and lesbians did at the United Methodist General Conference in Cleveland this month, has become a banal form of protest. Incidents of civil disobedience are now jointly orchestrated by participants and police...
Love Bug
A BORE, THEY tell us, is someone who, when you ask him how he is, tells you. "Let me tell you about my operation," he says. To that familiar definition, our culture has added another: a bore is anyone who relates the details of an airplane incident....
McCullough Resigns as Seminary President
After six years as president of San Francisco Theological Seminary, Donald W. McCullough resigned May 1 after admitting to "inappropriate conduct" while he was pastor of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church near San Diego prior to coming to the seminary....
Moms March for Gun Safety
HUNDREDS OF thousands of mothers and their families gathered on the National Mall in Washington on May 14 for the Million Mom March, a grass-roots push for gun-safety legislation organized by Donna Dees-Thomases, a part-time publicist for David Letterman's...
Set Free
PERPETUA, MACRINA, Theodora, Sara, Syncletica, Melania the Younger and Melania the Elder, Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila--I didn't hear about any of these great women of faith when I was growing up. It's not that teachers...
The Polar Bear's Perspective
FAMILY MEMBERS GATHER in a Liverpool hotel ballroom to learn the fate of loved ones who were traveling on the Titanic. Everyone is frantically seeking information on survivors. Suddenly an old polar bear walks into the room. He looks sad, and there...
Two (Clergy) Guys and a Girl
STARTING A REVIEW with a plot summary is commensurate with saying, "You know, that Shakespeare is almost as good as Jackie Collins." Of course, now I'm going to do just that, but I have a reason: a cursory look at the plot of Keeping the Faith can...
Vatican Reveals `Third Secret of Fatima'
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, disclosed May 13 that what is referred to as "the third secret of Fatima" foretold the attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. The Virgin Mary is said to have revealed a three-part prophecy...
Watershed in Cleveland
SEIZING THE BLESSINGS of a rising stock market and unexpectedly plentiful reserve funds, the United Methodist General Conference approved millions of dollars for innovative programs serving overseas churches, ethnic groups in the U.S., young people,...
Windblown
Acts 2:1-11 IT WAS A GREAT day for multiculturalism. It was the Tower of Babel turned upside-down, and what fell out was a glorious manifestation of the grace of God. It was also a tough day for future lay readers: all those forbidding names--Parthians,...
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