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. 113, No. 26, September 11

Bernardin Terminally Ill
CARDINAL Joseph Bernardin of Chicago stood before a battery of TV cameras and dozens of reporters August 30 and announced that his cancer had returned--this time to his liver--and is inoperable. His doctors, he said, had given him a year or less to...
Blue
SHORTLY AFTER the triumphant completion of his Three Colors trilogy, Blue, White and Red, in 1994, Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski announced his retirement, citing his belief that cinema could not achieve the depth of literature or adequately...
Christian Thinking about Advance Medical Directives
THE PAST SEVERAL decades have seen a strong rejection of medical paternalism and an increasing emphasis upon patient self-determination. The presumption now is that the patient decides what course of treatment shall be pursued. We should be wary,...
Church Attendance on the Decline
Church attendance across denominational lines has suffered a five-year decline and has sunk to its lowest level in two decades, according to research by the Barna Research Group of Glendale, California. "From the early '80s to the early '90s, there...
Coming Home
I CELEBRATED my first anniversary as a cancer survivor by watching Apollo 13. I identify with the predicament of those astronauts. On the face of it we don't have much in common--I'm a 46-year-old Roman Catholic sister. Yet life has thrust me into...
Environmental Eviction
LUIS BRITO walks briskly over the stony soil of a rural village near Guanajuato, Mexico. For 20 years Brito, a community development organizer and former Jesuit seminarian, has helped agricultural communities improve their living conditions. He impatiently...
Evangelicals and Moon Join in Common Cause
Collaboration with controversial Korean-born religious figure Sun Myung Moon has been a topic of concern within religious circles, but for the most part mainstream religionists regard Moon's Unification Church as a suspect organization. At times Moon...
Genesis
The dust has no time to settle. It is doing creation's work, becoming all the air there is, sucking itself into the vortex, the universe filled with powder. The light begins to flood fields, to bring the flowers into focus...
On the Way to Full Communion? the ELCA's Moment to Decide
NOT QUITE 50 years ago, representatives of 144 Anglican, Protestant and Orthodox churches from 44 countries met in Amsterdam at the edge of a devastated Europe to form the World Council of Churches. In a world torn apart by war, the creation of the...
Red
SHORTLY AFTER the triumphant completion of his Three Colors trilogy, Blue, White and Red, in 1994, Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski announced his retirement, citing his belief that cinema could not achieve the depth of literature or adequately...
Shades of Truth: Encountering Kieslowski's 'Three Colors.' (Filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski)(includes Biographical Information)
SHORTLY AFTER the triumphant completion of his Three Colors trilogy, Blue, White and Red, in 1994, Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski announced his retirement, citing his belief that cinema could not achieve the depth of literature or adequately...
Tuning in to Religion
BY AND LARGE our nation is run by college graduates, and the ethos of the colleges and universities that put the finishing touches on their outlooks has in four generations swung from establishment Protestantism to established disbelief. George Marsden's...
Unmediated
SOPHISTICATION ABOUT media, someone has remarked, has made Americans the most superficial people in the world. This bleak thought came to mind while I was watching the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Designed by party leaders who are...
Were You There on Sunday?
SELF-REPORTED attendance rates in surveys are nearly twice as high as actual in-church counts," writes Samuel H. Reimer in last December's Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. "This may partially stem from the `social desirability' attached...
White
SHORTLY AFTER the triumphant completion of his Three Colors trilogy, Blue, White and Red, in 1994, Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski announced his retirement, citing his belief that cinema could not achieve the depth of literature or adequately...
With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America
ON SEPTEMBER 27 (check local listings) PBS will begin airing a six-part series, "With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America," a remarkably insightful and empathetic account of this important social movement through the eyes of...
Work out Your Own Salvation
WORK OUT your own salvation with fear and trembling." Now that sounds very American, doesn't it? We are a nation of self-helpers, weekend remodelers, do-it-yourself homeowners. The old-fashioned lumberyards and hardware stores have given way to stores...
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