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. 110, No. 24, August 25

Against Oblivion
HERE LIES ONE whose name was writ in water." John Keats wrote that as an epitaph for Lord Houghton. Fifty years ago my writing teacher, John Henry Gienapp, assigned an essay on that topic. I reflected on this while at Holden Village, a mountain retreat...
An Excellent Woman
IF I WERE speaking professionally, I would have to say that James Muilenburg shaped my Christian understanding when I was a seminary student, with a great deal of help from the other giants in the faith such as Reinhold Niebuhr and Karl Barth, with...
Church Acting to Stop Sex Abuse, Says Bishop
The leader of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops claimed recently that the Catholic Church has done more than any other institution in society to deal with the problem of child sex abuse. Archbishop William Keeler of Baltimore, in an address to the...
Confronting Casinos: Church Groups Form Opposition
THE GIGANTIC casino industry has become one of the growth leaders on Wall Street. At one time the industry was confined to Nevada and was known to be controlled by organized crime. Gradually others have taken over the high-profit business. Taking advantage...
Germans and Others
GERMANS' IRRATIONAL and violent hatred toward "foreigners," the focus of this year's Kirchentag, confronted me dramatically and unexpectedly on my way to the Munich gathering. The taxi driver who took my son and me to the railroad station was encouraged...
Much Ado about Nothing
SHAKESPEAREAN films come in three varieties. Most of the BBC productions are plain vanilla yogurt. Solid, nourishing, but bland. The second choice--ice cream, with plenty of syrup--appears most obviously in Franco Zeffirelli's films. His Romeo and...
Pentecostalism at Harvard; Liberation and the Spirit
LAST YEAR I co-taught one of the liveliest and most productive courses I have ever participated in: "Pentecostalism and Liberation." That might seem an unlikely combination of themes, especially for me. After all, I once wrote somewhat favorably about...
Pope Challenges Youth in Denver Meeting
In grave and even foreboding tones, Pope John Paul 11 in his mid-August visit to the U.S. asked the world's young people to ponder an age beset by escalating violence, where ethical considerations were being drowned out by demands of individual pleasure...
The Modern Unease: Locating the Culprit
LACKING A transcendent realm to anchor their lives, the inhabitants of modem culture are often in need of something else to provide structure and purpose to life. Often the something they seize upon is an enemy John Updike's memorable Everyman, Harry...
United Methodists Survey Themselves
United Methodist laity put more stock in clergy who are caring rather than courageous, cooperative rather than competent, and they prefer honesty to imagination in their pastors. Those preferences, discovered in a survey by a church agency, amount...
WCC Seeks Faith and Order
SOME 400 representatives of Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic traditions from around the world wrapped up a major conference on Christian unity recently, but a last-minute protest on the part of Orthodox leaders underscored the difficulty of the tasks...
Wild Zucchini
OFTEN CALLED "the parable of the workers in the vineyard," Matthew 20:1-16 might be better described as "the parable of the generous landowner." It would be difficult to imagine a parable that is at once more disturbing and yet more relevant to our...
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