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. 123, No. 1, January 10

American Beginnings
TERRENCE MALICK'S The New World is not your father's historical adventure film. Though purported to be an epic treatment of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, complete with Indian attacks and the heated love affair between Captain John Smith...
Baptist Universities Face Watershed Changes
Three of the largest Baptist universities in the U.S. have each chosen a different strategy in selecting the president who will shape the school's future. Analysts wonder which model will emerge as the new face of Christian higher learning in southern...
Bubble-Wrapped
NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE'S cover story "Bush in the Bubble" (December 10) features an image of the president trapped inside a bubble. It's an insightful story that does not go far enough. It is not just the president who is in a bubble: a substantial number...
Cadets for Christ: Evangelization at the Air Force Academy
MOST OF THE 30 new staff members gathered at the United States Air Force Academy for orientation are in their 20s and 30s. Some are air force personnel and some are academy graduates. Some are veterans of the Gulf War, while others served in Iraq....
Counting the Dead: Mourning Every Loss
AFTER 9/11, a New Yorker might take comfort in the thought, "The terrorists will now pick some other city." But like San Francisco, New York remains a handy port city for smugglers of nuclear bombs. It's said that al-Qaeda has been working on the idea...
Deaths, Slow or Massive, Were the News in 2005
It is said that death waits for no one and makes no appointments. That was the case for the 1,000 people killed by Hurricane Katrina, the 70,000 dead in the Pakistan earthquake, and the 181,000 lives claimed by the Asian tsunami that hit in late 2004,...
Egypt Eases Restrictions on Repairing Churches
Christian churches in Egypt, an overwhelmingly Muslim country, will be able to carry out long-delayed repairs thanks to a decree by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The decree was made in response to appeals from Egypt's community of 7 million...
God and Country
CHRISTMAS 2005 may be remembered as the year arguments were revived over whether in the public square one should say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays." Target and Wal-Mart stores were boycotted by some evangelical Christians for their practice...
Home Grown: Church and State in China
IN ANTIQUITY China acquired a beautiful name, Shen-zhou, which literally means "state of God." Unfortunately, the title probably was used as a political term meaning that God had given the elite the divine right to rule rather than that Yahweh claimed...
Jewish Groups Say Iran Deserves Sanctions for Holocaust Remarks
American Jewish groups, irate over comments by Iran's president that the Nazi Holocaust was a myth, are stepping up pressure on the international community to punish Iran for the remarks. Several Jewish groups have launched a public relations campaign...
Job Description
DOES LIFE HAVE any direction or purpose, any telos? A significant part of the popularity of Rick Warren's "purpose-driven" books is his strong conviction that God provides direction and purpose for each of our lives, as well as for the church and local...
Judge Rules Intelligent Design Is Not Science
In a closely watched case over whether intelligent design theory may be taught in science classrooms, a federal judge has ruled that ID instruction, because of its creationist roots, would violate the First Amendment ban on promoting religious beliefs....
Judging Alito: Church-State Entanglements
THE FIRST AMENDMENT protects religious freedom in two ways: by prohibiting the government from interfering with citizens' religious exercise and by barring the state from "establishing" a faith. Judging from his record, Supreme Court nominee Samuel...
Living by the Word: Power and Delight
Sunday, January 15 Psalm 29; Mark 1:4-11 IN PSALM 29, the writer proclaims with majestic confidence that God is greater and stronger than every form of chaos, and by implication, than every idol through which we imagine we can control the manifestations...
Living by the Word: Surprise Encounter
Sunday, January 22 John 1:43-51; 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20) AFTER MEETING Jesus, an excited Philip seeks out Nathanael to tell him they have found the one "about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth."...
Post-Hurricane Donors Show Record Generosity
The outpouring of private charity to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and two sister storms now ranks as the most generous in American history, surpassing donations after September 11, according to researchers who track philanthropy. Americans...
Protesting an 'Immoral' Budget
IN A DIRECT action by church progressives who have repeatedly decried the federal spending cuts affecting the poor, more than 100 activists were arrested for blocking an entrance to a congressional office building during a frigid, pre-Christmas confrontation...
Reasoning about War
IN THE COURSE of defending U.S. policy in Iraq, President Bush admitted several times in December that faulty intelligence led the U. S. to overestimate Saddam Hussein's weapons program. Bush said the invasion of Iraq was nevertheless justified, because...
Slow Recovery: One Year after the Tsunami
TSUNAMI SURVIVOR Marzuki Arsyad, 34, was luckier than some in Banda Aceh--his wife was unharmed because she was working outside the city. Even so, on December 26, 2004, this pedicab driver and fisherman lost 13 relatives as well as his home. The death...
Talk to the Animals
IF YOU GREW UP on C. S. Lewis's Narnia books, you won't be disappointed in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first in a projected series. It's visually rich and imaginative, and emotionally stirring. Director Andrew...
Tsunami Encourages Peace in Aceh
The residents of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, suffered a disaster one year ago that may have killed as many as 170,000 in their province alone. But some have noted that the violence of nature appears to have stemmed a 30-year civil conflict that had made...
WCC Chief Has Lost Close Kin to AIDS
Samuel Kobia, a Methodist minister from Kenya and general secretary of the World Council of Churches, has been personally affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. At an event last month marking World AIDS Day organized by Swiss churches in Bern,...
Where Was God? an Interview with David Bentley Hart
DAVID HART'S 2003 book The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth (Eerdmans) was widely touted as a theological tour de force. He offers in that book a powerful and deeply learned statement of Christian truth that draws on the Eastern...
You Can Look It Up
TOLD THAT there is an online encyclopedia, I did the natural thing: I looked to see how it treated me. Of course, I hoped to find something like this: "Marty, Martin E., b. 1928, West Point, Neb. Professor emeritus, University of Chicago; longtime...

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