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. 18, September 8

A Closer Look
HAPPILY, THE OFFICES of the CHRISTIAN CENTURY are located across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the world's great art museums. I walk across the street occasionally and have a look. It is perhaps a reflection of the lifestyle...
Economics for Disciples: An Alternative Investment Plan
WHEN JIM DOUGLASS graduated from college in 1960, his father sent him a life insurance policy as a graduation gift. It was an investment to help protect the future of Jim's young family. Jim wrote his father a letter of thanks for the gift but returned...
Follow Aquino's Example, Churches Implore Filipinos
Church leaders have urged Filipinos to help remove new signs of despotism and to protect the democracy for which former president Corazon Aquino fought and sacrificed. "She taught us to be on guard against any more tyrants and the necessary struggle...
Muslims Press Schools on Getting Holidays Off
Calculus and chemistry are among the pressures awaiting Mesuka Akter, a senior at Long Island City High School in New York City. But unlike in past school years, this year Akter, a Muslim, will not have to choose between missing school and missing...
Nations at Risk
It's the world's least desirable club: the league of failed and failing states. Every year, the Fund for Peace presents its list of the world's shakiest political entities. Qualifications for entry into the club include such factors as demographic...
Public Enemies
Public Enemies. Directed by Michael. Mann. Starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard. Halfway through Michael Mann's Public Enemies, about the time I should have been engrossed in the tommy-guns-a-blazin' battle between bad guy...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, September 13 James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38 WHEN I WAS A KID, my brother and I loved playing with toy dinosaurs. I'd let my brother take the ever-popular T. Rex while I went for the stegosaurus. Its back plates and tail spikes were cool,...
Regretfully Yours: Leaving Perfection to God
MY WIFE, A TEACHER of philosophy at a Catholic university, likes to begin introductory ethics courses with a hypothetical question. If you were to live to be 80, what would you like to be able to say about yourself? Her students, who are mostly Catholics...
Revitalized Jesus Seminar Gets New Home
The Jesus Seminar began making headlines in 1986 as more than 70 biblical scholars voted on which sayings attributed to Jesus in the Gospels probably derived from him and what words were more likely put in his mouth by Gospel writers or early church...
Riverside Tensions Akin to Progressive Angst?
When Brad Braxton was tapped last year as the next senior pastor of Riverside Church, he was billed as an energetic and dynamic preacher with the power to reinvigorate the flagship pulpit of progressive Protestantism. Soon, however, those very qualities...
SBC Agency Says 1 in 8 Church Background Checks Finds Criminal Record
One in eight background checks conducted on volunteers or prospective employees through LifeWay Christian Resources found a criminal history that might have kept an individual from working or volunteering at a church, the Southern Baptist Convention...
Seedtime and Harvest
I HOLD THREE mottled white-and-burgundy beans in the palm my hand. The beans are named Jacob's Cattle for the "striped, speckled and spotted" goats that Jacob bred to thwart Laban's devious whims in the book of Genesis. The jar of shiny seeds will...
Silver Tea Service: One Congregation's Epiphany
WHEN I BEGAN my ministry at Church of the Redeemer, I worried each Sunday that the choir would outnumber the congregation. Everybody knew we had to grow. "We have to grow, you know," they'd say, with all the enthusiasm of a person scheduling a dental...
Trade Disagreement: The Inequalities of NAFTA
IN THE DEMOCRATIC presidential primaries NAFTA became a dirty word. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama vied to out-diss the trade agreement and gain the votes of disenchanted (and often unemployed) workers in blue-collar parts of the country. The...
War Zone
Most Americans seem to have been persuaded by President Obama's argument that Iraq was the wrong war to fight--and that the war in Afghanistan is the right one. The war in Afghanistan is seven years old and escalating, and the future is uncertain....
What about Rose? Tying International Aid to U.S. Abortion Policy
IN 1984 RONALD Reagan declared that no U.S. foreign aid money would be sent to organizations that perform abortions, provide counseling and referral for abortions, or lobby to make abortions legal or more available. This policy, often referred to as...
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