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. 118, No. 35, December 19

Charges against LCMS President Dropped. (News)
On his first day back on the job after a two-week leave for prostate cancer surgery, the leader of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod received great news: attempts by two of his own ministers to oust him from the denomination hit a roadblock. Gerald...
Farm Factories: The End of Animal Husbandry
A YOUNG MAN was working for a company that operated a large, total-confinement swine farm. One day he detected symptoms of a disease among some of the feeder pigs. As a teen, he had raised pigs himself and shown them in competition, so he knew how...
God as Santa, Santa as God: God Is Our Santa-All Ears to Hear Every One of Our Wishes. (Faith Matters)
I WAS DRIVING to work when a song on the radio caught my attention. In country style I was treated to a theological lesson: "God is our Santa Claus," a voice crooned, "each and every day." The words, sung half in a self-satisfied and half in a whiny...
Imperial Power: Can an Empire Commit Itself to Global Equity and Justice?
IN THOSE DAYS Caesar Augustus issued a decree ..." With those words the writer of Luke's Gospel acknowledged the political backdrop of Jesus' life. The Roman Empire was the world's unrivaled superpower. Its influence extended throughout the Mediterranean,...
Missing Harry. (Arts)
MANY PARENTS have little choice about whether or not to see--or at least buy tickets for--the movie version of J. K. Rowling's novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I went to see it with another audience in mind. If you have not read the novel...
Muslim Charity Closed by U.S. amid Protests. (News)
For the staff at the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development in Richardson, Texas, the month of Ramadan was the busiest time of the year. It's a time when many Muslims pay their zakhat, or alms--a charitable gift equal to 2.5 percent of their...
New Assignment: From Harvard to Catholic Charities
HE ALWAYS SAID that he was a priest first and a dean second. J. Bryan Hehir made that clear when he accepted the helm of Harvard Divinity School in 1998, declining to take the title (he is officially chair of the school's executive body) or to live...
Off by Nine Miles. (Living by the Word)
Sunday, January 6 Isaiah 60:1-7; Matthew 2:1-12 MATTHEW IS NOT the first one to imagine three rich wise guys from the East coming to Jerusalem. His story line and plot come from Isaiah 60, a poem recited to Jews in Jerusalem about 580 B.C.E. These...
Religion `Influence' Soars. (News)
WHEN THE Gallup Poll first asked the question in 1957--in the clean-cut, churchgoing days of the Eisenhower administration--a whopping 69 percent of Americans said they thought "religion as a whole is increasing its influence on American life," and...
Resilient Hope. (from the Editor/publisher)
IT IS GENERALLY not a good idea to refer to one's children in sermon or print, but I've concluded that when it comes to grandchildren, such rules are suspended. Rachel goes to Cardinal Bernardin School in Chicago, and as her mother was putting her...
Revenge or Justice? (Letters)
READING James M. Wall's "Revenge or justice?" (Nov. 21-28) makes one wish that Wall would read Reinhold Niebuhr's An Interpretation of Christian Ethics. Wall claims that the nation's response to the atrocities we have suffered is revenge and not a...
Robertson Steps Down as Coalition Falters. (News)
With the resignation of religious broadcaster M. G. "Pat" Robertson from the presidency of the Christian Coalition, some critics are writing the end of the organization that mobilized millions of evangelicals for conservative politics in the 1990s....
The Stories of 2001. (Cover Story)
1. September 11 NINE-ELEVEN" HAS BECOME a shorthand reference to the shocking day when four hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center's twin towers, into a side of the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania--bringing to the U.S....
Voices of 2001
"You've got self-righteous people on all sides arguing with other self-righteous people. God is saying No to ... these little trivial debates we're having in the church while hundreds of thousands of people are starving to death." --Theologian Shirley...
Who Do You Want to Be? (M.E.M.O.)
WHERE IS SOME Christmas--New Year nostalgia with, I hope, a point. Scene One: A Christmas Eve in 1934 or 1935, a drought, dust-bowl, Depression year in Nebraska. Lutheran parochial schoolchildren are presenting the Christmas Eve service to a jammed...
`Workers, Go Home!' (the Anti-Immigrant Movement)
A RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK, jury has sentenced 29-year-old Christopher Slavin to 25 years in prison for attempted murder and assault. Last fall Slavin and Ryan Wagner (who will soon be tried on the same charges) posed as labor contractors in Farmingville,...

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