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. 122, No. 17, August 23

A Careful Read
Sunday, September 4 Matthew 18:15-20 I COULDN'T BELIEVE what I was hearing. The woman in front of me was a woman of integrity, deep faith and sincere commitment to the church. She had been hired to be a pastoral assistant, and in that role she had...
Animated Expression
FAIRY TALES tend to be parables. They teach us to look beneath the surface (Beauty and the Beast), to exercise patience and to work to overcome obstacles (Sleeping Beauty), to avoid easy gratification and hold out for the real prizes in life (Pinocchio)....
Antiochian Orthodox Christians Leave NCC
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America plans to leave the National Council of Churches, saying it is unhappy with policies and statements some member denominations have made supporting gay and lesbian church members. Metropolitan...
Aquinas for Protestants: What Luther Got Wrong
THOMAS AQUINAS has had a long but, on the whole, not very happy history among Protestants. While some early Protestant reformers were well versed in Thomistic theology, Martin Luther was not among them. Most of Luther's important teachers were disciples...
Breathing Together
IN JULY 1995 Chicago was wrapped in a deadly heat wave. For days the mercury hovered in the three-digit zone, with heat indices reaching 120 degrees. In that period 739 Chicagoans died of heat-related causes. Emergency teams reported finding inadequate...
Bush Endorses Teaching of 'Intelligent Design'
President Bush has endorsed the teaching of "intelligent design" along with natural selection in a roundtable interview with reporters from Texas newspapers. Bush said public school students should be exposed to the former theory, which posits that...
Christian Reformed Executive Forced to Quit
A pastor who hosted the Back to God Hour radio program for the Christian Reformed Church was forced to resign only weeks before he would have started an indefinite term as top executive of the Michigan-based denomination. Calvin L. Bremer, 57, admitted...
Court Nominee Aided Gay Rights Case
John Roberts, President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, donated legal work on behalf of gay-rights groups that helped them win a landmark 1996 case before that panel, according to the Los Angeles Times. While he was a private attorney, Roberts...
Defining Moment
Sunday, August 28 Matthew 16:21-28 From that time on Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on...
Disciples Latest to Critique Israeli Tactics
DESPITE LOBBYING pleas from a noted Jewish organization, delegates to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly have passed a resolution calling on Israel to stop construction of a security barrier intended to stop suicide bombers....
Frist Splits with Bush on Stem-Cell Research
The Senate's majority leader, citing his expertise as a physician, has announced that he would support an expansion of federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research. The decision put Senator Bill Frist (R., Tenn.) at odds with the White House and...
Lesson Plans: The Bible in the Classroom
CHANCES ARE you have never heard of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools or its textbook, The Bible in History and Literature. But if you are a member of a school board, you may be hearing about it soon. Over 1,000 schools in...
No Small Talk
AFTER LAST November's election, a frustrated member of a Mennonite congregation near South Bend, Indiana, wrote an article for his congregation's newsletter. In it, he articulated his own political convictions. Then, even as he acknowledged that others...
Schooled in Religion
THE DAY ALWAYS began at the Fairview Elementary School with the teacher reading ten verses from the Bible, alternating one from the Old with one from the New Testament. We bowed our heads and said the Lord's Prayer. Then we stood, placed our hands...
Sudan Church Leaders Stunned by Death of John Garang
Church and political leaders are urging Sudanese to stay on the peace path after the death in a helicopter crash of John Garang de Mabior, the guerrilla leader who steered the Sudan People's Liberation Movement into a government of national unity with...
Texts of Terror
CREDO: I am a Christian for the reasons stated in the Letter to the Ephesians, especially wherein "Christ is our peace." I believe that the Bible as a whole (see Second Isaiah) and the New Testament especially culminate in a vision of reconciliation....
The Joy of Yes: Ricoeur: Philosopher of Hope
DISCUSSIONS about hermeneutics--the theories and practices of interpretation--are ubiquitous. We all read texts--whether these be histories, novels, musical scores, paintings, playscripts or anything else humans produce that has meaning--and we are...
Think Big
MAKE NO LITTLE plans," wrote 19th-century architect Daniel Burnham. "They have no magic to stir humanity's blood and probably themselves will not be realized." Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram...
World Baptists Show Grit in Britain
The World Baptist Alliance, holding its 100th anniversary congress in Great Britain amid public anxiety over suicide bombings, failed bombing attempts and manhunts, topped its own attendance prediction with more than 13,000 participants. The every-five-years...