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. 119, No. 22, October 23

A Sense of Place: The Many Horizons of Martin E. Marty
And now the music of the worlds transforms me. My planet enters a different house. Trees and leaves become more distinct. Philosophies one after another go out. Everything is lighter yet not less odd. from "Good Night," by Czeslaw Milosz WHEN YOU...
Australian Clerics Urge Calm after Bali Attack. (News)
The head of the Anglican Church in Australia says he believes Australia should give priority to combating terrorism in southeastern Asia, rather than to a war with Iraq as supported by the nation's prime minister. Speaking of the mid-October car bomb...
Beginning Again. (Faith Matters)
SEPTEMBER 11, the war in Afghanistan, the impending war in Iraq, the devastating Conflict between Israel and Palestine, the crisis in the Roman Catholic Church, the crisis in big business, children missing, snipers shooting, politicians sniping, ethnic...
Bike Lesson. (M.E.M.O)
CHILDREN'S SERMONS can be times for cuteness or for expressions of theological realism. Here is a story of such realism. Our parish's intern was reinforcing the theme of the day's lectionary lesson. He held up one sign that read WELCOME and another...
Caught in the Crossfire. (the Christian Century October 23-November 5, 2002)
AMERICANS ARE FEARFUL these days. September 11 snatched from us (forever?) a feeling of invincibility, a sense of being safe and secure from foreign invasion. Now we keep getting homeland security warnings about the probability of another terrorist...
Coexisting with Saddam: Iraqi Christians Fear War, Decry Sanctions
THE NUMBERS OF Christians living in Iraq, mostly Catholic and Orthodox, have been dwindling for more than two decades. One exodus of Christians began during the prolonged Iran-Iraq war that stretched from 1979 to '88. The short, violent gulf war of...
Falwell Recants Slur against Muhammad. (News)
After his words prompted a deadly riot in India, televangelist Jerry Falwell apologized for calling the prophet Muhammad a "terrorist." "I sincerely apologize that certain statements of mine made during an interview for ... CBS's 60 Minutes were hurtful...
God as Santa: Misreading the Prayer of Jabez
Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from hurt and harm!" And God granted what he asked. (1 Chron. 4:10, NRSV) BRUCE WILKINSON'S...
Interfaith `Prayer': What Is It and Should We Do It?
A CONTEMPORARY reader of the New Testament letter we call 1 Corinthians is likely to be a little puzzled by the amount of attention it gives to whether the Corinthian Christians could eat meat that had been offered to pagan idols. Chapters 8-10 treat...
Just War Formulas. (Letters)
GEORGE HUNSINGER does us a good service in attempting to apply just war theory to details of the projected war against Iraq ("Iraq: Don't go there," Aug. 14-27). His argument is seriously weakened, however, by an apparently uncritical acceptance of...
Kieslowski's Heaven. (Film)
THE HISTORY OF cinema is rich with celebrated moralists, directors intent on examining the human condition and commenting on its flaws and foibles--directors like Denmark's Carl Dreyer (Day of Wrath), France's Robert Bresson (A Man Escaped) and Sweden's...
Memo on M.E.M.O. (from the Editor/publisher)
THE BEST PART of my job is that Martin Marty occasionally sticks his head into my office, calls me "Boss" with a twinkle in his eye, and sits down to talk--as if he has nothing better to do. Along with Dean Peerman, Marty is a contributing editor and...
Muslim Official Indicted or Aiding Terrorists. (News)
The head of a Chicago-based Muslim charity has been indicted on charges that he used charitable donations to fund terrorists. The indictment alleges that Enaam M. Arnaout, executive director of Benevolence International Foundation, sent funds from...
Peace Prize to Carter for `Untiring Effort'. (News)
Former President Jimmy Carter, this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner for his "untiring effort" to promote peaceful progress internationally, didn't rest on those laurels very long. Within days of the news, Carter flew to Jamaica to head a delegation...
Pulpit Politics Bill Fails for Now. (News)
A RELIGIOUS RIGHT effort to end a 48-year-old restriction on endorsements of political candidates by congregations was squelched by a House of Representatives vote in October, though the bill's chief sponsor vowed to resurrect it when a new Congress...
Robertson Grant Irks Faith-Based Critics. (News)
A religious Charity run by Pat Robertson is among the first to receive a grant from a fund controlled by the Bush administration, prompting criticism that the president is trying to implement his "faith-based" initiative without approval from Congress....
Sit on It. (Living by the Word)
Sunday, November 17 Judges 4:1-7 DEBORAH: JUDGE. Prophetess. Wife or "spirited woman," depending on how you translate the Hebrew. Powerful woman who advised generals and led troops into battle. Creative woman who composed songs of victory. Wise...
Spirituality Said to Spur Social Activism. (News)
Though difficult to define, spirituality often has the power both to propel and sustain people in often-thankless efforts toward social change, says a study completed at the University of Southern California. In-depth interviews with 67 men and women...
Stumbling through Moonlight. (Film)
IF THERE'S SUCH a thing as a movie with two left feet, Moonlight Mile is it. Writer-director Brad Silberling wanted to make both a comedy about the clumsy but earnest efforts of coping with a loved one's death and a Vietnam-era drama about how people...
Taste Test: A Pastoral Call
I HAVE BECOME all things to all people," Paul wrote to the Corinthians, apparently not foreseeing how we would regard his wry boast. Today his efforts to ingratiate himself with very different people sound inauthentic, phony--and impossible. "You can't...
True Grit. (Living by the Word)
Sunday, November 10 Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 HAD REAL GRIT, that Joshua. When his fellow spies felt like grasshoppers and the Canaanites looked like giants, Joshua and his friend Caleb urged the Hebrews to take them on even when their compatriots...
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