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. 126, No. 1, January 13

3 Responses to Gary Anderson
A response by Walter Brueggemann PROFESSOR ANDERSON takes up what must be the most vexing problem facing us wherein faith collides with political reality. I agree with Anderson and would not presume to instruct or challenge him, though I would make...
A New Year's Promise
A NEW ADMINISTRATION in Washington brings the promise of new approaches to deadlocked and dangerous international conflicts. President-elect Obama has indicated his intent to rethink and recast our relationship with Cuba, for instance. Anyone who visits...
Ask and Receive
I'M NOT A GREAT FAN of limericks. By a curious accident, however, we have on our living room wall an original autograph letter--itself a limerick, answering a request for a limerick--by one of the great limerick makers of the last century, the English...
Avery Dulles, Theologian and Cardinal, Dies at 90
CARDINAL AVERY DULLES, who left a prominent Protestant pedigree to become one of the nation's most distinguished theologians and a prince of the Catholic Church, died December 12 at the age of 90. One of the oldest men to be named a cardinal, at...
Beleaguered Voice of Evangelicals Resigns
The top Washington lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals, who had already faced criticism for his embrace of environmental activism, has resigned after signaling support for same-sex civil unions. Richard Cizik, who had worked in...
Does the Promise Still Hold? Israel and the Land
WHAT ARE CHRISTIANS to make of the promises God made to the Jews? Ever since World War II and the Holocaust, Christians have been anxious about the implications of the strains of anti-Judaism that survived into the 20th century. Time and again, writers...
Federal Program Funnels Charity Donations to Special Interest Groups
Some of the nation's most controversial public policy groups receive checks from Uncle Sam about this time each year, and the relatively little known practice is perfectly legal. The Combined Federal Campaign, founded in the 1950s to regulate fundraising...
Health-Care Opportunity
Shortly before Christmas, while defending his plan to give federal aid to the collapsing U.S. automakers, President Bush remarked, "I have abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system." Though it sounds like a hapless paradox...
Hebrew without Whining: Teaching Biblical Languages in Sudan
A FEW YEARS AGO, when I asked the head of Renk Theological College in Southern Sudan to name his top priority for the school's faculty and curriculum, he said without hesitation: "We need biblical language teachers." This was not the answer I expected....
Interim Orthodox Leader Picked after Alexy's Death
Metropolitan Kirill, considered a reformer in his approach to relations with the Russian government and the Roman Catholic Church, has been chosen as the interim leader of the Russian Orthodox Church following the death on December 5 of Patriarch Alexy...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, January 18 John 1:43-51 WHEN I WAS A CHILD, my mother and aunt would go Christmas shopping together. At the end of the day, I would beg them to take me to the park near the shopping district. There, nestled in a dark grove of trees, we'd...
Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire. Directed by Danny Boyle. Starring Dev Patel, Madhur Mittal and Freida Pinto. Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire is an exhilarating, unpredictable coming-of-age story that moves with the speed of a freight train and springs...
Sources of Solace: The Power of Family Ties
WHEN MY SON Michael died suddenly at age 38, he left a pregnant wife and an infant. At the funeral I told those who crowded the cemetery that I had been there--when I lost my wife suddenly after a car accident. I said that I knew that as time passes...
Taliban Neighbors
BISHOP MANO Rumalshah of the Church of Pakistan was attending a meeting of the World Conference of Churches in Geneva in 2007 when his cell phone rang. Three thousand miles away in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province, his good friend and a leader...
Vatican Condemns Popular Infertility Treatments
In a long-awaited document, the Vatican has condemned advanced infertility treatments and contraception technologies and reaffirmed its strong prohibition of embryonic stem cell research. The document was released December 12 by the Vatican's Congregation...
Will the Obama Family Pick a Black Church?
President-elect Barack Obama says that the historically black church moved him from a skeptic to a believer. He has spoken appreciatively of its vibrant worship, written about how the black church experience has moved him to tears. And he has credited...
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