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. 124, No. 21, October 16

All Saints Challenges IRS 'Vagueness'
The large and liberal All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California--after squirming on the hook for two years as the Internal Revenue Service examined the content of a preelection sermon--has been tossed back into the religious stream because...
Bagged for Jesus
THE ECONOMY OF salvation" is an ancient phrase used by everyone from the Eastern Orthodox theologians of old to pioneer Pentecostal preacher Phoebe Palmer to thinkers across the Christian spectrum today. Technically, it refers to divine stewardship,...
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Consequences
ON THE SIXTH anniversary of 9/11 I joined a spokesperson for the American Muslim community on a panel focusing on the lasting effects of 9/11 on "faith; media and society." The presentation by Imam A. Malik Mujahid, chair of the Council of Islamic...
Dobson Disparages Fred Thompson as Candidate
One of the most powerful leaders in conservative evangelical Christianity has discouraged his colleagues from supporting Fred Thompson as a presidential candidate. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, sent a private e-mail to many of his...
Episcopal Bishops Hold Fast against Demands
EXPRESSING THEIR "passionate desire" to remain a full partner in the worldwide Anglican Communion, U.S. Episcopal bishops late last month essentially reiterated an earlier statement of their intent to "exercise restraint" regarding the consecration...
'Episcopalian' McCain Says He's Baptist
GOP presidential candidate John McCain has raised questions about his religious affiliation with a comment he made last month at a campaign stop in heavily Baptist South Carolina. The Arizona senator, answering a question from the Associated Press...
Extraordinary Measures
THE VATICAN DECLARED last month that it is morally wrong to remove feeding tubes from patients who are in a permanent vegetative state. Responding in part to perplexity over the Terri Schiavo case, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated...
Fitness Fixation
THOSE WHO ARE well have no need of a physician," Jesus said. We now know, however, that they do have need of a wellness coach. We 'all know the simple facts: Many Americans, for reasons acknowledged to be something of a historical accident, have health...
Insurer Rejects Church Because of 'Risk' of Its Gay Stance
A United Church of Christ congregation's pro-gay stance puts it "at a higher risk" of litigation and property damage, a leading U.S. church insurer said in refusing to offer coverage to a Michigan congregation. Brotherhood Mutual, an insurance company...
Living by the Word: House Calls
Sunday, November 4 Luke 19:1-10 NOT LONG AGO the local newspaper carried a story about a young couple traveling to visit relatives in a neighboring state. Having parked along the side of the road so the woman could nurse their baby, the man stretched...
Living by the Word: One-Upmanship
Sunday, October 28 Luke 18:9-14 I'M BIGGER THAN you are!" Here comes the playground taunt and its implied claim for absolute superiority. Never mind that several classmates are better at kickball or smarter in the classroom, or know how to care...
New 'Ex-Gay' Study Lauded by Right but Faulted on Methods
A new study suggesting that religiously motivated conversion from homosexual orientation is possible and not harmful has been hailed by social conservatives, but others are questioning the study's methodology and the motive behind it. The study,...
Occupational Hazard
IT WAS THE LAST concert of the season and I had a seat from which I could clearly see the hands of the young Israeli pianist as she played Edvard Grieg's piano concerto. The guest conductor was Norwegian (like Grieg himself). He was taking the place...
Prelate: 'Mortal Sin' to Give Communion to Pro-Choice Politician
A U.S. Catholic archbishop is urging priests and lay eucharistic ministers to deny communion to politicians who support abortion rights, arguing that it's a "mortal sin" to offer the sacrament to "the unworthy." Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis,...
Prison Bureau Relents on Purging Books, Will Return Most Religion Texts
Yielding to pressure from religious leaders and members of Congress, the federal Bureau of Prisons has ended a purge at prison libraries of "nonapproved" religious books and materials. The purge was undertaken because of terrorism concerns. Books taken...
Puddle Hopping
SOME FRIENDS of mine are avid labyrinth walkers and have recommended the practice to me. But though I've long admired the floor of Chartres Cathedral, and once had the pleasure of seeing my children race around it at top speed before they climbed the...
Syrian Sabbaths
THE STREETS OF Damascus are empty. No horns blare, no cars crawl through the narrow streets or crowd the intersections. I'm not darting between cars for a change, and there's hardly anyone on the street. What's going on? Where is everybody in this...
Unglued
NEIL JORDAN'S The Brave One has a lacerating opening section. Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) is a New York disc jockey who dedicates her radio show to the neglected or vanishing splendors of the city she adores. One evening she and her fiance (Naveen Andrews,...

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