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. 127, No. 19, September 21

Baptist Theologian Clark Pinnock Dies
Clark Pinnock, 73, an influential theologian whose spiritual pilgrimage led him from a fiery fundamentalism as a young professor to an openness that caused some to brand him a heretic, died August 15 of a heart attack. A longtime professor of systematic...
Christian Groups Cheer Halt to Stem Cell Funding
Conservative Christian groups won a major victory recently when a Washington judge halted federal funding of embryonic stem cell research to allow a suit challenging the practice as illegal to go forward. The suit, filed by a group of doctors and...
Conflicted Views on Islam
The political-moral spin from online bloggers and television opinion-makers is enough to make citizens dizzy, if not profoundly unsure of where U.S. public opinion is headed. The controversies relating to religious views have put the nonpartisan Pew...
Conservative Lutherans Organize New Church Body
Conservative Lutherans have a new church body that came into being following disagreements with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America over the ordination of gay clergy. The North American Lutheran Church, formed August 26-27 in Grove City,...
Get Low
Get Low Directed by Aaron Schneider Starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Hurray Get Low is a redemption story that doesn't feel hollow or fake. That's mostly because the protagonist, a Depression-era small-town Tennessee recluse named Felix...
Hunger Is Political
I WAS VISITING Mtimbe, a settlement of about 40 families on the shore of Lake Nyasa in Mozambique. The town is many miles from the nearest road, and residents have no electricity or running water. They live in thatched huts, and they rely on cassava...
Immigrants like Us
WE NEVER KNEW much about my father's side of the family, but on my mother's side we knew a lot. My Calhoun relatives are descended from Vice President John C. Calhoun, who is known for his outspoken support of slavery and for having inspired the southern...
Jefferts Schori Woos Allies among Anglicans Abroad
IN CONTRAST TO what they say about Las Vegas, what happens in one branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion rarely stays there. And no one knows this more than the former Episcopal bishop of Sin City, Katharine Jefferts Schori, who is now presiding...
Living by the Word
Sunday, September 26 Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Amos 6:1a, 4-7; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31 I'M AT THAT AGE where I need to start rethinking my investments. Do I keep high-risk investments that have a slim chance of going...
Mainstream Muslims
A recent cover of Time magazine asked: "Is America Islamophobic?" A Time survey discovered equivocal evidence on the question. Nearly half of Americans (46 percent) think Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence against nonbelievers,...
Nonnegotiable
IN HIS New York Times column (August 22), Nicholas Kristof wrote about the controversy over the proposal to build an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan: "For much of American history, demagogues have manipulated irrational fears toward people...
Obama's Religion: A Hard Question for Americans
Could President Obama have avoided incurring the mistaken views of a surprising number of Americans who say in surveys that they think he is a Muslim? How to account for others polled saying they do not know what faith he follows? Public figures...
Pain by Number
THE FIRST TIME I saw an orthopedist about my bum hip, the nurse pointed to a row of smiley faces on the wall--six of them, with numbers and short phrases underneath. "What number is your pain?" she asked, waiting as I scrutinized the scale. Face One...
Prominent Muslims Make Pilgrimage to Auschwitz
The scenario might have seemed unlikely: prominent Muslims and Jews from the United States trekking across the Atlantic in mournful, spiritual solidarity to visit two Nazi concentration camps--and doing it together. The trip to Dachau and Auschwitz...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, October 3 Lamentations 1:1-6, 3:19-26; Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 37:1-9; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10 THIS WEEK'S READINGS include sentiments that appall me: dashing children's heads against rocks; applauding the idea of Jerusalem...
Religion and the Ridiculous
A CRITIC ONCE called Clyde Edgerton the "love child of Dave Barry and Flannery O'Connor"--a reflection of the fact that his novels are both dark and funny. His nine novels include Raney, Walking Across Egypt, The Floatplane Notebooks, Killer Diller...
Religious Groups Push for Action against Prison Rape
Six months before she was scheduled to be released on drug charges, Marilyn Shirley was raped in 2000 by a guard at the Texas prison where she was serving time. "I am still haunted by the words he whispered in my ear," Shirley recently recounted. "Do...
The Nicotine Journal
This summer I reread Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison in Fortress Press's extraordinary new edition of his collected works. Letters and Papers remains almost endlessly suggestive and stimulating theologically. But in this reading...
Where's Your Church's Money?
THE CLASSIC FILM It's a Wonderful Life is making a comeback--not as a nostalgic feel-good story but as the centerpiece of a campaign to change the way we bank. It's George Bailey versus Mr. Potter played out at the local ATM. The Move Your Money...
World Vision Wins Right to Hire and Fire on Faith Basis
WORLD VISION, a Christian humanitarian organization, can fire employees who disagree with its theological tenets, a federal appeals court has ruled. In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on August 23 that World Vision is a...

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