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. 126, No. 3, February 10

ACLU Complains of Bias in Catholic Antitrafficking Programs Funded by U.S
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the federal government, charging that it allows the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to use taxpayer dollars to impose its religious doctrines on victims of human trafficking. The Department of Health...
Beyond Black and White
SINCE THE NOVEMBER presidential election, friends, colleagues and casual acquaintances throughout the United States and across the world have written me and claimed Barack Obama as the son of their state, race, country or region. Of course, countless...
Critics: Man 'Living like Jesus' Should Not Have Voted for Obama
When minister Ed Dobson set out to live like Jesus for a year, he didn't plan on stirring up controversy. Then again, Jesus stirred up plenty. This architect of the religious right is in hot water with some conservatives over his statement that...
Episcopal Church Wins in Property Disputes
Episcopal bishop J. Jon Bruno of the large Los Angeles diocese was "overjoyed" at the recent California Supreme Court ruling that said breakaway congregations cannot take possession of their properties, which are held in trust for a larger church body....
God Does Not Demand Blood
CHRISTIANS HAVE NEVER embraced blood sacrifice. We have not offered chickens or slain goats, let alone sacrificed our firstborn children to God. Indeed, the very idea of blood sacrifice is abhorrent to us, evoking an almost involuntary visceral reaction....
In Tune with the Universe
For Christians (as for religious people of various sorts), music is a basic human activity. We cannot live without worshiping, and we cannot worship without making music. Smack in the middle of the Bible are the Psalms, the blues and praise songs of...
Lutheran Bishops' Holy Land Study Tour Becomes Course in Sorrow, Fears
Two years ago, when U.S. and Canadian Lutheran bishops began planning a hands-on visit to the Holy Land for their inaugural Bishops' Academy, they had no idea what the political or security situation would be on the ground. They relied on faith. ...
Lutheran-to-Catholic Thinker Neuhaus Helped Shape Religious Right
Richard John Neuhaus, an activist Lutheran minister who became a prominent Roman Catholic priest, is being remembered for his influential role in the rise of religious conservatism. "From the early 1970s forward, Neuhaus was a key architect of two...
Perilous Presence
"YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND Africa without understanding religion," said Emmanuel Katongole, a Catholic priest from Uganda. As he led a tour of Kampala, Uganda's capital, it was soon clear what he meant. Slogans such as "Jesus cares" and "Try Jesus" adorn...
Poet in Residence
WHEN BOB AND CAROL STRATTON arrived at my study for their appointment, all of the air in the room immediately disappeared. It was clear that this was going to be a hard hour. Before he even sat down, Bob began his now-familiar litany of complaints...
Polygamists Arrested for First Time in Canada
Two top leaders of a fundamentalist plural-marriage sect living in a commune-style compound called Bountiful in British Columbia have been arrested and charged with practicing polygamy. The criminal charges against the men are a first in Canada. ...
Postville Burnout
PAUL OUDERKIRK was on retreat in Dubuque on May 12, 2008, when someone tapped him on the shoulder and asked him why he wasn't 75 miles away in Postville. The Catholic priest did not know that earlier that day, federal authorities had launched the nation's...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, February 15 2 Kings 5:1-14 COULD PETER LEITHART be on to something when he calls 2 Kings 5 "the richest Old Testament story of baptism," one that "anticipates Christian baptism"? The very thought of baptism makes me shudder. I remember...
Reoriented
Week after week, day after day, Christians pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy be done, on earth as it is in heaven." But the kingdom doesn't come. If heaven stands for the realm where God's shalom reigns fully and freely, then the gap between heaven and...
The Class
The Class Directed by Laurent Cantet. Starring Francois Begaudeau. A marvelous new film by the French director Laurent Cantet sits on the cusp between fiction and documentary. Based on Francois Begaudeau's memoir of teaching in a working-class,...