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. 127, No. 20, October 5

City Prayers
IN A LECTURE on the communion of saints, the Baptist preacher Carlyle Marney said that each of us is like a house. In the house is a living room where we entertain and a dark basement where we store the trash. And, Marney said, each house has a balcony...
Episcopal Bishop Resumes Post in Philadelphia
The embattled Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia said he erred in not investigating his brother's sexual abuse of an underage girl 35 years ago, but he also brushed aside calls for his resignation, saying it is more "interesting" for him to remain in...
Hawking's Rejection of God Unpersuasive, Say Faith Leaders
Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have all rejected claims that belief in the divine has been disproved by British physicist Stephen Hawking, who recently asserted that science leaves no role for God in the creation of the universe. In his new...
Intolerance in India
Over the past 20 years the worldwide persecution of Christians has entered the consciousness of American believers. Religious freedom has become a potent rallying cry. That is an excellent development-provided we avoid turning the issue into a partisan...
Living by the World
Sunday, October 10 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19 THE READING FROM 2 Kings tells us about Naaman, commander of the Syrian army and a leper. When Naaman heard about the prophet Elisha through one of his wife's maids, he...
Mexico City Mayor Sues Catholic Prelate
Marcelo Ebrard, mayor of Mexico City, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, archbishop of Guadalajara, for his claim that Ebrard bribed the country's Supreme Court into backing a gay marriage law approved by Mexico...
Muslims Seek Light amid Political Firestorm
The crowd-control barriers and TV satellite trucks left after a Florida pastor called off plans to burn 200 Qur'ans, but American Muslims say the political firestorm in Gainesville was more than a momentary flare-up. The incident laid bare the wildly...
No Secret Plan: Why You Don't Have to 'Find' God's Will for Your Life
A LARGE STRAND of contemporary evangelical theology--what I call the "new evangelical theology"--emphasizes the need to "find God's will for your life." This challenge turns out to be a terrific source of anxiety for the students I encounter. They're...
No Shows
MANY PEOPLE assume that there has been a steady decline in worship attendance for all the mainline denominations since the mid-1960s--the era when most of them began to see their memberships decline. But trends in attendance--usually thought to be...
On the Road
EARLIER IN the summer, generous friends invited my husband, our daughter and me to visit them on the coast of Maine. Boston was caught in the maw of a hot, humid heat wave, and we eagerly headed north. Over a long weekend, we swam, hiked, walked on...
PCUSA Cleric to Appeal Same-Sex Marriaqe Rebuke
A RETIRED California Presbyterian minister, rebuked by the church after being charged with violating her ordination vows by performing marriages of same-sex couples, plans to appeal the ruling, which she said sent contradictory messages about the church's...
Political Tensions Mark 9/11 Anniversary
The ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, was observed with prayers and services of remembrance, but also with demonstrations and arguments over plans for an Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York. Adding to the tensions...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, October 17 Psalms 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 MY FRIEND JIM was my religion professor during my freshman year of college. He and I reminisce about the book he assigned for the course, William Hordern's Layman's Guide to Protestant...
The Kids Are All Right
The Kids Are All Right Directed by Lisa Cholodenko Starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo The Kids Are All Right has been on a roll since its premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It is directed (and co-written) by...
Theologian Bloesch, 82, Sought Renewal in UCC While Resisting Literalists
Donald G. Bloesch, a theologian who as a United Church of Christ minister actively critiqued his denomination's liberal tendencies yet found faults with some forms of evangelical theology, died August 24 in Dubuque, Iowa. Sometimes seen as distinctive...
Unfinished Business
President Obama did what Americans wanted him to do in his August 31 televised speech: turn the page on the war in Iraq and put that conflict behind the country. Or at least he attempted to do that. He put the best construction possible on the war,...
When the Shooting Stops
DESTRUCTION, DISPLACEMENT and death--these were the consequences of war in the prophet Ezekiel's time. After he was sent into exile with the Hebrew people in 597 BC, Ezekiel predicted the devastation of Jerusalem. Although their military defenses had...

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