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. 33, November 22

An Ecumenical Marriage Strategy
A high divorce rate, more couples "living together," more births out of wedlock, and fewer marriages by those in their early 20s--all are U.S. social trends that tour Christian leaders say churches should address collectively in local communities....
Anticipation
Sunday, December 3 Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Psalm 25:1-9; Luke 21:25-36 IN HIS BOOK Abel's Island William Steig tells the story of a mouse (Abel) who is marooned on an island for an entire year. In the first part of the book, Abel...
Best Sellers
Eerdmans 1. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible edited by David Noel Freedman et al, 2. The Story of Ruth by Joan D. Chittister and John August Swanson 3. Help My Unbelief by Fleming Rutledge 4. A Charles Williams Reader by Charles...
End of an Era
IN AN ESSAY in the New York Times, written prior to the presidential election and its tension-filled aftermath, author Alan Ehrenhalt argues that the dominant fact of our political life during the late 1960s to the early 1990s, or what he calls the...
Experimental Politics
ONE OF THE cliches of historians and civics textbooks is that the U.S. is an "experiment" in democracy. The inconclusive November 7 election and the subsequent wrangling over the certification of Florida's votes have verified that it's far from an...
Graham, John Paul II Not about to Retire
Evangelist Billy Graham and Pope John Paul II, two ailing octogenarians who are among the "most admired" world figures in polls, say they aren't retiring next year, regardless of any speculation. After a summer spent mostly in the hospital, Graham...
Impactbooks
"For people committed to the theological interpretation of scripture, J. Louis Martyn's commentary on Galatians in the Anchor Bible series is of enormous importance, and is likely to become a classic. Impressive in his learning and magisterial in his...
In Need of Prayer
ONE OF THE theological puzzles with which I have struggled over the years is what the Puritans called "special providence"--that, is, God's miraculous intercession in human affairs in response to prayer. Every pastor knows the dilemma. We stand by...
Letters
Unilateral view I AM JEWISH and am in almost complete agreement with Marc Ellis's call for justice for Palestinians ("Jews vs. Jews," Nov. 8). I would love to see Jerusalem shared, even made into an international city. But the truth is that it takes...
Lost in Cyberspace
THERE ARE MORE possible moves on a chess board than there are neutrons in our universe, I once read in a chess encyclopedia. I recently asked a University of Chicago mathematician whether that could still be true, now that we know there are hundreds...
Mixed Blessings for Faiths in Kosovo
The dramatic rise of Vojislav Kostunica to the Yugoslav presidency and more recent election results in Kosovo are mixed blessings for some of the breakaway region's faiths, local religious leaders and analysts say. But Kosovo's Serbian Orthodox Church,...
Smoothing the Path
Sunday, December 10 Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6 I CHERISH THE VISION of what could have been a great moment in American poetry. One day my American literature professor told our class about Emily Dickinson, the quiet...
Straight Story Wins Spiritual Quest Award
Disney Pictures' The Straight Story, based on one man's travel by lawnmower from Iowa to Wisconsin in 1994 to see his ailing brother, won the fifth annual Lloyd C. Douglas Spiritual Quest Award, beating out three other films also featuring "Judeo-Christian...
To End the Bloodshed
ACCORDING TO the consensus among American commentators, reflecting the views of the administration and Congress, a peace process that was on the verge of a breakthrough a few months ago has broken down because of the Palestinians' intransigence. Instead...
Voters' Moral Caution
STATE BALLOT ISSUES often generate exceptional heat as well as television advertising revenue, but on balance most Americans today are living in only slightly changed worlds after voting on initiatives this month. Hot-button moral issues such as abortion,...
Young Minds
FIVE-YEAR-OLD Andy is in the shower looking for ways to use an entire bottle of blue, no-tears Aussie shampoo (the kind with the kangaroo on the bottle) without washing his hair. "I'm getting dean for Easter!" he calls out. John, his 13-year-old...
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