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. 113, No. 22, July 17

A New Identity
There is a long buildup to the story of Jacob's wrestling match. When he arrives in Haran, Jacob the trickster almost meets his match. He works for his uncle Laban for seven years to gain Rachel, only to receive Leah instead. And if Laban gains 14 years...
Being Creatures: Faith and Assisted Suicide
In her novel The Children of Men, P. D. James imagines a future society in which, among other chilling features, the elderly who have lost the desire to live are sedated and set on barges which are towed out to sea and sunk. No one is coerced into taking...
Berlin Greets Pope with Protest, Applause
With an appeal for peace and freedom at one of Berlin's best-known landmarks, the Brandenburg Gate, Pope John Paul II on June 23 concluded a turbulent three-day visit to Germany, his first visit to the country since German unification in 1990. "The Brandenburg...
Choosing Death: The Ethics of Assisted Suicide
In March the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided that a Washington statute which prohibited physician-assisted suicide was unconstitutional (Compassion in Dying v. State of Washington). Less than a month later, the U.S. Court of Appeals...
Holy Land Pilgrims: In Search of Living Stones
Medical personnel have long been aware of a strange form of hysteria that attacks some pilgrims to the Holy Land. "Jerusalem syndrome" manifests itself especially among American Protestants - people well rounded in the Bible - who suddenly shout prophecies...
Pitching Together
When my sons were in high school they ran cross-country. Some of them hurt their knees, but football would have done worse. If they ran well, their weekend reward was the privilege of a 17-mile round-trip run to their coach's house on Saturdays. Their...
Presbyterian Conflicts
It was A telling moment July 5 at the annual General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) when an emotional James Brown, who just a day before essentially had been fired as head of the denomination's General Assembly Council, addressed his colleagues....
Saying What We Mean: The Redefining of Euthanasia
A subtle shift in habits of thought and language has infiltrated discussions of euthanasia and related issues. The prevalent understanding of euthanasia as an action or an omission of treatment motivated by mercy has been joined to - and sometimes replaced...
The News of the Day
It gets to be 6:30 or 7:00 in the evening, say, and we switch the TV on the Peter Jennings or Tom Brokaw, or MacNeil and Lehrer if we are really serious about it, and then settle back and listen as they tell us the news of the day. It is a way of keeping...
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