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. 26, December 26

All Souls
SHE DIED ON Sunday, after a month of dateless days that began on Halloween and ended just short of Thanksgiving. We went from the hospice admitting office to a Halloween party in the family room, where volunteers offered us fruit punch, orange cupcakes...
Books without Borders
PITY THE POOR BOOK. Its obituary has been written many times as prognosticators glance over the horizon and predict that the Internet and downloadable literature and e-books will soon replace pages-between-covers. These prophecies are stirring debate...
Christian Coalition Head Quits before Start
Joel Hunter, a megachurch pastor in Orlando, Florida, has resigned from his pending presidency of the Christian Coalition of America, citing differences on how to broaden the group's agenda. The organization, which was a political force for conservative...
Dissident Episcopal Diocese Backs off from Outright Split
A small Episcopal diocese in California distanced itself from the national church this month over disagreements about homosexuality and the Bible, but stopped short of the full split it had been considering. The Fresno-based Diocese of San Joaquin...
Ellison Not First to Forgo Bible for Oath
When Keith Ellison, the recently elected Minnesota Democrat who will be the first Muslim in Congress, announced that he would take his oath of office on Islam's holy book, the Qur'an, he provoked sharp criticism from conservatives and some heated discussion...
Fall of the Empire
THE MAYAN EMPIRE existed for 4,000 years, from 2500 BC to 1500 AD, and it spanned five modern-day countries--Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. Mayan civilization made significant strides in astronomy, agriculture and architecture,...
False Choices Plague Anti-AIDS Fight
THE CHOICE BETWEEN preventing AIDS by teaching abstinence or by distributing condoms is a false choice, Democratic senator Barack Obama of Illinois said to a mostly evangelical conference held at the southern California megachurch founded by pastor-author...
Grand Illusion: Costs of War and Empire
THE ELECTION RESULTS of November and the firing of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have raised hopes of a significant change in U.S. foreign policy. Many blame Rumsfeld and the neoconservative idealogues for the disaster in Iraq, while neocons protest...
HIV/AIDS Report from UN Is Sobering
Ten years ago, the World Council of Churches said the AIDS pandemic "exposes the complicity and complacency of churches, challenging them to be better involved, more active, and more faithful." As World AIDS Day arrived December 1, religious leaders...
Inquisitive President
IN HIS BOOK Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Jimmy Carter declares that "one of the major goals of my life, while in political office and since I was retired from the White House by the 1980 election, has been to help ensure a lasting peace for Israelis...
Living by the Word: Dressing Up
Sunday, December 31 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Colossians 3:12-17 ONCE A YEAR, having waited to the very end of December, my wife and I dress up. Some people wait a lifetime to start living, but fortunately for us, New Year's Eve intervenes every...
Living by the Word: Signs and Sounds
Sunday, January 7 Psalm 29; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 HAVE YOU NOT known? Have you not heard? asks Isaiah. Those with ears to hear, let them hear, says Jesus. Day to day pours forth speech, says the psalmist, but God's speech is pitched in such a register...
Manger Politics
SO WHERE does Jesus ever say, "I'm the Son of God"? My cabdriver was pressing me as we careened through the streets of Birmingham on the way to the airport. "The Gospel of John?" I replied limply. "Come on! Late gospel, you know that. Stick with...
Misusing Jesus: How the Church Divorces Jesus from Judaism
THE FACT THAT JESUS was a Jew has not gone unrecognized. Libraries and bookstores are replete with volumes bearing such titles as Jesus the Jew, The Galilean Jewishness of Jesus, Jesus and the World of Judaism, The Religion of Jesus the Jew, Jesus...
Pope's Turkey Trip Touched All Faith, Diplomatic Bases
Defying worried predictions, Pope Benedict XVI ended a momentous four-day trip to Turkey on a high note early this month, celebrating mass for the country's small Roman Catholic community and basking in widespread media praise of his landmark visit...
Regifting
THE VERB regift was not in my vocabulary until this season, but now I see it leaping out from a sheaf of magazine covers. Webster's newest edition includes regift: "to give as a gift something one previously received as a gift. Usage: regifts, regifted,...
Sealed Off
WHEN I LEFT the developed world of Israel at the Erez border crossing, I instantly entered the Third World--a crowded, tense and anxious Gaza Strip. What was surprising, however, was discovering that in this "hot house" crisis environment, one of the...
Sorry Condition
TO MAKE A REAL apology has always been hard. Our forebears in the garden, when confronted with their wrongdoing, passed the blame to others. Adam had the gumption to blame God as well as "the woman whom you gave to be with me." Eve blamed the serpent....
Voices of 2006
"Jesus was quite serious when he said that God was our father, that we belonged all to one family, because in this family all, not some, are insiders. Bush, bin Laden, all belong, gay, lesbian, so-called straight--all belong and are loved, are precious."...

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