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. 21, October 18

After Katrina, Bush Pushes School Vouchers
In Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, President Bush may be able to push through Congress a pet project that has been stymied for four years now--a wide-ranging federal school voucher program. Just a day after Bush presented an overview of hurricane-recovery...
Argentine Was Challenger to Benedict
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina received enough votes during the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI to have blocked the pontiff's election, according to a detailed report published in Italy. The report, published September 23 in...
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Beyond Redemption?
ABOUT THE ONLY person to stand by Dennis Rader--known as the BTK Strangler--since his arrest in February for ten vicious murders has been his pastor, Michael Clark. The pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in northern Wichita, where Rader was president...
Book Bag
THERE ARE Beach People and Non-Beach People. Most summers I spend a week--or two or three--at the beach. Friends sometimes ask, "What do you do there?" Anyone who asks that question is not a Beach Person. You don't do anything at the beach, or at...
Camping Out
WANDER THROUGH a Jewish neighborhood or past a synagogue in late October and you will see a hut (often referred to as a booth). It will probably be less than 30 feet tall and made of plywood, with three walls. It will be decorated with leaves, gourds...
Churches Play Vital Role after Storms
WHILE SOME traditional disaster responders have been faulted for their slow pace in reacting to Hurricane Katrina, many religious organizations quickly welcomed, clothed and fed thousands of storm victims. Their no-red-tape response--continued after...
Citing Reinhold
NOW AND THEN we play a game: "Which four figures would you nominate to be included in a Mount Rushmore of American religionists?" Jonathan Edwards and Martin Luther King Jr. make most lists right off. After that there is much debate. Shouldn't we include...
FEMA's Plan to Reimburse Churches Draws Criticism
The Federal Emergency Management Agency intends to reimburse religious groups that have offered relief to victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, marking a new step in the White House's faith-based initiative. The move by FEMA is being criticized...
Four Anglican Bishops Want Iraq War Apology
Four senior Anglican bishops have suggested that the Church of England arrange a meeting of Muslim and Christian leaders to initiate an apology by Western countries involved in the war in Iraq. The initiative is contained in a 100-page document...
Grand Jury Report Censures Two Former Philadelphia Prelates
Philadelphia's two most recent cardinals came under blistering criticism in a grand jury report released last month, but prosecutors said limitations in state law prohibit the filing of charges. Cardinal John Krol, who served from 1961 to 1988 and...
Living by the Word: Childish Behavior
Sunday, October 23 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 A FEW MONTHS ago, the evening news was playing in the background as our family was getting organized for supper. I overheard the anchor ask "Who is the most powerful preacher in Charlotte? Is it ...?" and...
Living by the Word: Word Perfect
Sunday, October 30 I Thessalonians 2:9-13 I LAUGHED out loud when I first heard Martin Luther's explanation of how the Reformation happened: "While I have been sleeping, or drinking Wittenberg beer with my friend Philip and with Amsdorf, it is the...
Protestant Churches Adopt New Technology
Although churches are frequently viewed as behind the times, a new study shows that Protestant congregations are quickly embracing new technologies. According to the Barna Group survey, since 2000 many congregations in various regional, denominational...
Radical Relocation
AFTER THE HURRICANES, we heard many stories of church groups that loaded up trucks with supplies for destitute people in the Gulf Coast. Some Christians have been responding to long-term issues of poverty by loading up not supply trucks but moving...
The New Monastics: Alternative Christian Communities
AT A TIME when the church had grown too cozy with the ruling authorities, when faith had become a means to power and influence, some Christians who sought to live out an authentically biblical faith headed for desolate places. They pooled their resources...
Twisted Childhood
WHEN HE WROTE Oliver Twist in 1837, Charles Dickens had a cause: he was protesting the harsh and unjust treatment of children in England. His depiction of the situation was searing--more so than the best-known movie adaptations. David Lean's atmospheric...
Vatican Would Bar Gays from Seminaries
New rules that would bar gays from the Roman Catholic priesthood have been submitted to Pope Benedict XVI for approval, signaling a push for tightened regulations as the church prepares to review the sexual conduct of its seminarians. Prepared by...
Win-Win Situation
I BELIEVE that God made me for a purpose, for China. But he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.... To win is to honor Him." So Eric Liddell says in a pivotal scene of the classic movie Chariots of Fire, defending the compatibility...
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