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. 112, No. 8, March 8

After Tasting Failure
THESE THREE texts invite repentance, calling us to turn away from false securities and toward God. Interestingly, the sharpest warning comes in Luke, whereas the strongest note of grace occurs in Isaiah. The exile was probably the original setting of...
Blasphemy in Pakistan
A 14-YEAR-OLD Christian boy and his uncle who had been sentenced to die for insulting Islam were spared February 23 when a judge in northeast Pakistan ruled that there was no evidence against them. Militant Muslims immediately rallied against the decision....
Church Smells
ON VALENTINE'S DAY Natalie Angier reported in the New York Times on the scientific advances in understanding the sense of smell. Roses, chocolates and perfumes presented that day appealed "shamelessly to the second-sexiest organ of the body--the nose."...
End of an Era
A journey into maturity is the focus of a traditional coming-of-age film, Antonis Kokkinos's End of an' Era. It's about a group of high school seniors who, in a politically repressive period under Greece's last military dictatorship, attempt to stage...
Gay Activist Arrested for Trespassing at CBN
Mel White, a former ghostwriter for prominent figures on the Religious Right but now a gay activist, has been arrested on trespassing charges at Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, Virginia. White, who is a minister in the...
If You Stop to Think about It
AN INCREASING number of commentators are linking the renewal of mainline Protestantism to the renewal of theological reflection. Benton Johnson, Dean Hoge and Donald Luidens argue that "if the mainline churches want to regain their vitality, their first...
Ready-to-Wear
"Have you re-invented yourself lately? If not, maybe it's time for a change." --advertisement for a women's magazine "Fashion? Well, here's the main thing: it's fun." --New Yorker (Nov. 7,1994) WHAT HAS fashion to do with religion? Fashion is play,...
Simmering Abortion Debate Goes Public in Brazil
MARIANA, a 22-year-old woman in Rio de Janeiro, discovered she was pregnant by a man she didn't love. She was not ready to raise a child. Her job paid little, and in Brazil being a single mother would stigmatize her as a "piranha," a whore. Despite her...
Transatlantis
JOURNEY STORIES are as old as the Old Testament. Abraham left Ur for a land that had been promised to him. Some of his descendants were forced into a journey southward, and they didn't return until Moses led them on another journey. Among the films...
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