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. 29, October 25

Aiding Those Wrongly Convicted
In its 17 years of work for the wrongly convicted, Jim McCloskey's Centurion Ministries has freed and won vindication for 22 innocent people under life or death sentences nationwide. For those 22, Centurion Ministries seemed like a long shot. For Centurion...
Ancient Christian Magic
A FEW MONTHS AGO I had a visit from the college-age daughter of a friend of mine. The young woman, an exceptionally gifted linguist, had developed an interest in religion and philosophy. What books, she asked, would combine her longstanding love of...
Briefly Noted
* The Mormon Church has passed the 11 million membership mark, according to the church's president, Gordon B. Hinckley. Speaking during the semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, the...
Churches Welcome New Yugoslav President
"The people have spoken and God's will has triumphed. Serbia is free!" exulted a letter of congratulations to new Yugoslav president Vojislav Kostunica from an executive of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. and Canada. North American members...
Deadly Silence
AS THE FIRST national election of the 21st century draws to a close, neither of the two major presidential candidates has given any attention to a shameful part of our foreign policy, one which history will record as both a failure and a murderous...
Dr. Laura Apologizes to Gays and Lesbians
Two days after Yom Kippur, Judaism's holy day of atonement, embattled TV and radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger issued a printed apology to gays and lesbians, asking for forgiveness if her on-air comments have offended the gay community. "I...
Episcopal Unity Shaky
FOLLOWING the Episcopal Church's triennial General Convention in Denver in July, both conservatives and liberals within the 2.5-million-member denomination claimed a partial victory. Liberals cheered an overwhelming vote to affirm "lifelong committed...
Europe's Church Organs Soon beyond Repair
More than 20,000 church organs in Europe, especially in poor Eastern European nations, will soon be beyond repair unless urgent action is taken, according to a special conference that struck chords of alarm. "Churches and their contents, including...
Ex-Gay Ministry Ousts Board Chairman
John Paulk has been removed as board chairman of Exodus International North America, an evangelical Christian group that preaches that gays can become straight, after Paulk visited a gay bar in Washington, D.C., and then lied about it. Paulk wrote...
Extra Credit
Sunday, November 5 Mark 12:28-34 BY THE TIME we reach the 12th chapter of Mark, Jesus finds himself in the middle of a kind of theological cross-examination free-for-all. Priests, scribes, elders and other assorted defenders of the letter of the...
From Text to Gospel
THOSE OF US who preach or teach preaching are always looking for the right words to convey biblical truth. How do we do it? How do we invite congregations to "Bibleland," that ancient world where we go week after week, and then connect them with the...
High Court to Hear Church-State Case
The U.S. Supreme Court announced October 10 that it has decided to hear the appeal of a Christian youth group that was barred from using a New York public elementary school for after-school activities. The case, Good News Club v. Milford Central...
India's Churches Oppose China `Model'
India's church leaders have firmly rejected a proposal by a prominent Hindu fundamentalist group for Christian churches to be reorganized in a system similar to that adopted in China where official churches are regulated by the government and acknowledge...
Payback?
Racism, reparations and accountability IN 1969, I DROPPED OUT of college, moved to Racine, Wisconsin, and worked for a community action program and then for a welfare rights organization. The focus of my work was tenants' rights--helping tenants...
People
* A United Methodist pastor from Bloomington, Indiana, has been named the new president of Claremont School of Theology. Philip A. Amerson, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Bloomington, will succeed Robert Edgar, who left the presidential...
Radical, Orthodox
EVERY ONCE in a while a person comes along who reconfigures a field of study. John Milbank of the University of Virginia, formerly of Cambridge University in England, has done just that in theology, spearheading a movement that has become known as...
Reparations
WHEN WASHINGTON POST writer Colbert King invited readers to respond to the idea of paying reparations to the descendants of African-American slaves, he got a mailbox full of opinions. "I'm all for reparations for blacks," said one. "By the way, as...
Study Cites Dangers in Modifying Genes
Like the residents of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, many parents want their children to be "above average." If they could, they'd design their offspring to be healthy, good-looking and intelligent. Such hopes were once relegated to science fiction....
Thomas Nelson Cancels a Contract
Thomas Nelson Publishers, based in Nashville, Tennessee, has canceled the contract for the next Christian weight-loss book by author Gwen Shamblin, who has been accused of rejecting the doctrine of the Trinity. Shamblin, founder of the Weigh Down...
U.K. Methodists Vow to Help Sex Offenders
The United Methodist Church in England has vowed to support and counsel sex offenders as the country calls for tougher treatment of pedophiles. The get-tough approach resulted in a "frenzy of finger-pointing" and physical attacks on known pedophiles...
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