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. 128, No. 23, November 15

Accompaniment Program Launched in Colombia
An ecumenical accompaniment program has been launched to assist victims of violence in Colombia, where internal armed conflict has driven nearly 5 million people away from their land and property, according to the Latin American Council of Churches...
Children Feel Stress as Poverty Rates Rise
Eleven-year-old Sarai Camacho of Donna, Texas, tears up when she tells why her mother let the babysitter go for her and her younger sister this summer. It's the same reason her father brought the family to Indiana so he could work the melon fields...
Dream House
Dream House Directed by Jim Sheridan Starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts Universal released Dream House without advance screenings, so critics weren't inclined to treat it seriously. The studio interfered with the movie so...
Faking It
IT IS ALWAYS interesting to me how the same set of books can evoke different questions for different groups of students. Each fall my colleague Dudley Rose and I read our way through a range of accounts of ministry with our new M.Div. students. Inevitably...
Fringe View: The World of Jesus Mythicism
SCHOLARS DISAGREE about how Jesus understood his life and his mission. Countless labels have been applied to him: cynic sage, apocalyptic prophet, rabbi, exorcist, Messiah. But everyone agrees that he existed, right? Historians and religion scholars...
Greek Orthodox Church to Rebuild at Ground Zero
Ten years after St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was destroyed by falling rubble from the World Trade Center towers, church leaders have reached an agreement to rebuild at Ground Zero. The church, founded by Greek immigrants in 1916, sat in the...
Gross Inequity
WHEN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE asked Rahm Emanuel about the Chicago version of Occupy Wall Street, the mayor of Chicago said that although he did not agree with some of the tactics and proposals of the protesters, no one could ignore the fact that many Americans...
In a Dry Season
Sometimes--and I know I am not unusual in this--I just don't feel or sense God's presence. My spiritual life seems empty or numb. I pray, but feel as if my prayers go no further than the edges of my lips. I worship, but as if only going through the...
Injury Silences Greeley's Voice
Andrew Greeley is one of the best-known priests in America: a respected and influential sociologist, a best-selling novelist and an outspoken commentator on public and church issues for some 50 years. "When the history of the American Catholic Church...
Moneyball
Moneyball Directed by Bennett Hiller Starrin9 Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman Moneyball has a slick, entertaining script by two pros, Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, and it's briskly directed by Bennett Miller. Culled from...
Obama, Evangelicals Meet on Religious Concerns
President Obama formally extended his ear to evangelicals ahead of the 2012 election, meeting with top leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals in the White House for about 30 minutes in mid-October. International religious freedom was...
Post-Wobegon Politics: Michele Bachmann and the Moral Recession
ANOKA, MINNESOTA, straddles the tanninbrown Rum River just as it meets the Mississippi, 20 miles north of Minneapolis. Like any place tha[micro]t has traveled the long arc from lumber boomtown to bedroom community, the 17,000person town exists in layers....
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, November 20 Matthew 25.31-46 I'M NOT A BIG FAN of reality TV, yet I'm drawn to one reality show: Undercover Boss. CBS describes the nature of the show: Each week, Undercover Boss follows a different executive as they leave the...
SBC Leader Says Calvinism Steadily Dividing Church
A Southern Baptist Convention official says one of the top challenges facing the nation's second largest faith group (after Roman Catholics) is the increasing influence of Calvinism in churches. Frank Page, who heads the Nashville-based SBC Executive...
The Case against Wall Street: Why the Protesters Are Angry
THE OCCUPY WALL STREET movement has spread from Lower Manhattan to more than 900 cities and four continents, with major protests occurring in Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle and Phoenix. In some ways it is not the movement...
The Missing Martyrs: Islam Specialist Charles Kurzman
A PROFESSOR of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Charles Kurzman specializes in Middle East and Islamic studies and has studied Muslim-American communities in the United States. He wrote The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran...
Winter for Arab Christians?
The Middle East is an increasingly dangerous place for Christians. In October, Coptic Christians in Egypt were attacked by Muslims in clashes at were apparently encouraged and even carried out by the Egyptian military. The conflict left 24 people dead...