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. 117, No. 25, September 13

A Matter of Taste?
THE COVER OF the August 1996 Atlantic Monthly announced a Christian cultural revolution: "Giant `full-service' churches are winning millions of `customers' with [their] pop-culture packaging. They may also be building an important new form of community."...
Baptismal Terrors
M.E.M.O ADMIRAL, THE GREAT navy of the State of Nebraska," my 1991 citation from Governor Ben Nelson of Nebraska declares. It continues, "I do strictly charge and require all officers, seamen, tadpoles and goldfish under your command to be obedient...
Churches Say No to Gene Patenting
A leading European church body has called for the reopening of debate on a key piece of European legislation that could allow the patenting of human genes. The church and society commission of the Conference of European Churches, which brings together...
Compassionate Conservatism: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Can Transform America
ACCORDING TO George W. Bush, Marvin Olasky is "compassionate conservatism's leading thinker. A professor of journalism at the University of Texas, Olasky has been a Bush adviser since 1993 and for the past decade a fixture in the network of well-endowed...
`Crisis Junkies' Said to Hinder Disaster Aid
Small disaster relief agencies are more often harmful than helpful to international aid efforts, according to a World Health Organization representative, who called such agencies "crisis junkies." "You see hundreds of small agencies turning up at...
Letters
A simple solution? WE WERE appalled by James M. Wall's rash and inflammatory column, "A simple solution" (July 19-26). First, Wall alleges that the United Methodist Church has made a "sharp turn to the political and theological right" and that this...
Mother Rome
THE VATICAN has dealt a blow to Catholic-Protestant relations by reaffirming its doubts about the validity of Protestant churches and by officially ordering Catholic bishops not to use the term "sister churches" in reference to them. Released September...
People
* The United Methodist Church has tapped a Virginia lay leader to head the church's social policy division and hopefully improve communications between the progressive agency and rank-and-file church members. James E. Winkler, who currently serves...
Prayer Wise
CHRISTIAN FOOTBALL FANS in Texas and elsewhere are getting back at the Supreme Court. Provoked by the ruling in June that outlawed school-sponsored prayer at high school football games, some fans in Texas and North Carolina have staged prayer rallies...
Preaching Etc
FORTY YEARS AGO this month, I took a job as a student pastor in a small nondenominational church in a blue-collar community south of Chicago. I was a middler at the University of Chicago Divinity School-Chicago Theological Seminary, married with an...
Probing the Depths
MY JOURNEY TO the Montreal World Film Festival has become an annual spiritual retreat. Here citizens stand in long lines to pick up tickets to a sold-out Chinese film at 10 on a Saturday morning. Critics, flashing their media passes, know to arrive...
Remembering Who We Are
Sunday, October 8 Psalm 8 WE HAVE FORGOTTEN who we are. We have sought only our own security, we have exploited simply for our own ends, we have distorted our knowledge, we have abused our power." So reads the proclamation of the U.N. Environmental...
Russian Church Opts to Stay in WCC
The Russian Orthodox Church has decided to remain a member of the World Council of Churches, the world's main ecumenical organization, despite vehement criticism from some highly conservative sections of the Russian church. However, one leading Orthodox...
Short Rules to Perfection
ANDY, FIVE YEARS OLD, is standing on his chair at the dinner table and using his fork to make the sign of the cross. Having coated his spaghetti with grated cheese until it is a lovely paste, he is now draping a strand over his ear. From where I sit,...
Summit Shows Religions at Best and Worst
Rich in color and pageantry, long on good intentions but often falling short of a clear purpose and outcome, the Millennium World Peace Summit provided a revealing glimpse of religious groups--and the conference itself--sometimes at their best and...
Tapering Off
THE CHILD IS sitting up in bed, propped against pillows. She is six years old. Her homebound teacher, Mrs. Williams, is due any minute. She is fond of Mrs. Williams--a white-haired lady with a pleasant quavery voice. What will Mrs. Williams bring...
The Millstone
Sunday, October 1 Mark 9:38-50 ETERNAL PUNISHMENT. Like it or not, it is a biblical concept, albeit a late-blooming one. In the Old Testament, the afterlife is rarely spoken of, and when it is, it is usually pictured as a shadowy, wraithlike existence....
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