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. 122, No. 12, June 14

Anglicans, Catholics Find Common Ground on Mary
Roman Catholic and Anglican leaders have announced newfound agreement oil the Virgin Mary, seeing her as a role model and "Christ's foremost disciple" while softening disagreements over dogma that had simmered for almost 500 years. An 81-page booklet,...
Broken and Shared: In the Eucharist the Church Understands the Ultimate Purpose of Creation-And Responds
WHEN the EUCHARIST is served, a reshaping of human society begins. Each member of the congregation offers different things to the table, offering all that he or she uniquely is. This begins a reordering of society: members of the congregation come...
Bush Won't Budge on Stem Cells
PRESIDENT BUSH'S declaration that he would veto any legislative effort to expand embryonic stein cell research puts his Republican Party between a rock and a hard place politically, making the GOP appear morally and ethically out of touch with the...
Can We Be Friends? When I Talk with My Church Friends, the Major Focus of My Life-My Ministry-Is Mostly off Limits
Now concerning the love of brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another ... 1 Thessalonians 4:9 REMEMBER the quiet summer night when things changed between my...
Crusades Revisited
THOUSANDS OF medieval Christians answer the spiritual call of the pope, take up arms, and travel to the Holy Land to defend the faith against a barbaric and militaristic Muslim foe. The war is bloody, and over time Jerusalem is won, then lost again--but...
Double Vision: The Story on Interrogators Desecrating the Qur'an Quickly Became a Story about the Practice of Journalism
WHEN PHOTOGRAPHS of Saddam Hussein in his underwear were printed in the New York Post and the London Sun, President Bush told the Associated Press: "I don't think a photo inspires murderers. These people are motivated by a vision of the world that...
Dying to Live
Sunday, June 19 Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39 THE WALKING DEAD." These are the words of African-American soldier Leon Bass as he described the horror he saw when Americans liberated prisoners in the Buchenwald prison camp in April 1945. Today...
End of Days
THEOLOGY GEEKS with whom I've discussed the NBC miniseries Revelations are usually indignant that it does not engage in a scholarly, historically aware study of the book of Revelation. Inasmuch as network executives' engaging in a serious study...
Fear Not
THE POLITICS OF FEAR has hardly abated since 9/11, or since last fall's election, which was largely a contest of convincing voters about who could best "kill the terrorists." A simple spin down the radio dial shows how fear is alive and well. AM radio...
French Philosopher Paul Ricoeur Dies at 92
French philosopher Paul Ricoeur, an influential thinker on both sides of the Atlantic, died May 20 at home in Chatenay-Malabry near Paris after a months-long illness. Ricoeur was 92. Raised in a devoutly Protestant home after he was orphaned in...
Holy Contention: For the Sake of Faith, People Need the Freedom to Raise Questions
IT IS NOT clear whether Thomas Reese was forced, pressured or strongly encouraged to resign as editor of the Jesuit weekly America. It's widely assumed that his departure was connected to the election of the new pope, Benedict XVI. Father Reese...
Hundreds of Christian Leaders See New Unity
A broad range of more than 600 Christian leaders ended an eight-day missions conference after hearing a plea from Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, that they be a "moral compass" for contemporary society. The May...
Let's Talk about Sex
LIKE ANY Catholic college, mine boasts an ethic of sexual abstinence for students, does not allow any form of birth control to be distributed on campus, and has same-sex residence halls that post visiting hours for members of the opposite sex. Yet...
Open Season
HERE IS a recommended summer reading list: Robert's Rules of Disorder, Extreme Boxing, No-Rules Gladiatorial Games, Cockfighting, The Laws of Rugby Football, Professional Wrestling: Anything Goes, and Taking My Bat and Ball and Going Home. That is...
Qur'an Abuse Story Roils Islamic World
If a Qur'an is accidentally dropped on the floor, the person who dropped it makes a contribution to charity in atonement. Copies are never placed at the bottom of a pile of books. And because the toilet is considered an impure place, the Qur'an is...
Slave Wages
Sunday, June 26 Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42 IN 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation marked the beginning of the end of slavery. The new air of freedom brought an unintoxicated euphoria. But a century later, freedom was redefined, this time as...
Space Opera Finale
IN CREATING Revenge of the Sith, the third (chronologically) and final (cinematically) installment in the six-film Star Wars saga, George Lucas confronted a writing challenge unprecedented in movie history. Not only was he required to answer the questions...
The Gift of Infertility
INFERTILITY--a gift!? Poison and a curse--that's how this unexplained infertility of ours felt to me for what seemed like an eternity. Nine years of trying to have a child of our own was like having to drink bitter waters from a poisoned well month...