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. 119, No. 10, May 8

After the Assault. (Report from the Jenin Camp)
JENIN--THE NAME comes from the Arabic and Hebrew words for "garden." As Moses was leading his people across the Jordanian desert, no doubt they dreamed of a place like this--green and fertile in the springtime, a place where olive and almond trees...
An Expanded Table. (the Christian Century)
THE ECUMENICAL TABLES in the U.S. are too small. None is large enough to encompass the full diversity of Christian life in this country. The National Council of Churches includes 36 Protestant and Orthodox bodies, but the member churches account for...
Both Sides Call Mideast News Coverage Unfair. (News)
THE QUESTION was as pointed as it was timely, and at times it proved as elusive as Middle East peace itself: Is balanced reporting from the Middle East possible? A recent seminar in New York City examined that question from a host of positions--those...
Catholic Clerics See Russian `Campaign'. (News)
Highlighting a series of events described by the Catholic Church in Russia as an "organized campaign" against it, a Catholic bishop was turned back at Moscow's international airport as he was trying to return from Poland to his diocese in eastern Siberia....
Coming of Age. (Arts)
THE LYRICAL road comedy Y Tu Mama Tambien ("And Your Mother Too") suggests what one of those fraudulent the-summer-I-became-a-man movies might be like if it were made by someone with imagination and sensitivity. The director is Alfonso Cuaron, returning...
Day of Reckoning. (Arts)
A TALE OF REDEMPTION" is a phrase that film critics like to toss around. It usually makes some sense, since most dramas have at least one character who realizes the error of his or her ways and tries to do something about it before the curtain falls--a...
Fasten Your Seatbelts. (M.E.M.O.)
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for the Advancement of Science sounds like a feet-onthe-ground organization. But in a recent meeting in Boston some scientists took flight, at least in imagination. They talked about physically possible step-ups in the speed...
Filipinos Lament U.S. Military Presence. (News)
Church leaders in the Philippines have condemned plans to increase the number of United States troops in the country. A contingent of as many as 1,700 U.S. troops were expected to take part in training maneuvers in late April with 2,900 Filipino soldiers....
Gay Catholics Fear Fallout from Scandal. (News)
Catholic gay groups and individuals say they fear they will be made the scapegoats for a mismanaged sex scandal that has shaken the American church. Rather than admit fault, they assert, some Catholic leaders are looking for someone--or something--else...
In Defense of Celibacy. (Faith Matters)
EVERY DAY the newspaper brings fresh evidence of the crisis in the Catholic Church, a crisis with implications far-reaching enough to be of concern to all Christians. The headlines of newspaper editorials and opinion columns have been garish: "Let...
Living by the Word
Macro-mystery Trinity Sunday, May 26 Matthew 28:16-20 SOME TIME AGO the New York Times ran this headline in its science section: "Before the Big Bang, There Was ... What?" The article surveyed cosmologists, those who study the whole physical...
Megapastoring. (Letters)
JOHN DART has done a great service for the church with his article "Wanted: megapastors" (April 10-17). Seldom has the emptiness of our ecclesiology been so baldly and clearly described. We have not only been seduced by our culture, we no longer know...
Poll: Americans Shun Conversion Goals. (News)
Many Americans do not know people of other faiths, but a high percentage of them believe that Christians should be tolerant and not try to convert people of other religions, a new poll shows. While 94 percent of Americans polled said they were personally...
Presbyterians Cut Jobs, Budget. (News)
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is cutting up to 77 jobs among its national headquarters workers and long-term missionaries as part of a $5.7 million budget reduction that includes several programming eliminations. Most of the 43 dismissed staff...
State of Siege. (Conflict at the Church of the Nativity)
AS ANYONE following the news knows, Palestinians and Israelis offer two entirely different accounts of the violence (and two different accounts of what has happened in the region since the emergence of the state of Israel in 1948). The siege at the...
The Infidels Are Us. (Anatomy of a Fundamentalist Cause)
IN THE WAKE of the terrorist fury unleashed by Osama bin Laden and his Islamic al-Qaeda organization on September 11, Western analysts have been scrambling to analyze the competing ideologies that have brought about a violent collision between two...
UCC Hits War on Terror, U.S. Threats to Iraq. (News)
Noting that it "has a history of critiquing the `conventional wisdom' of the day," the United Church of Christ has renewed its strong opposition to President Bush's war on terrorism and decried the U.S. threats of military action against Iraq. Four...
U.S. Jewish Readers Assail Reporting. (News)
Some major U.S. newspapers have been pelted with criticism from Jewish groups and supporters of Israel for their news accounts of the Middle East violence. In Los Angeles, nearly 1,000 subscribers to the Los Angeles Times suspended home delivery of...
Wages of Reform. (Welfare Policy: A Six-Year Report)
SIX YEARS AFTER Bill Clinton signed into law a controversial bill ending "welfare as we know it," Congress is debating how to extend or revise the welfare program. Funding guidelines must be reauthorized by October 1. In February President Bush surprised...
What Would Jesus Count?
AT A CHURCH STAFF devotional the other day, a colleague read the passage from the 25th chapter of Matthew about the separating of the sheep and the goats, and about how we minister to Jesus Christ himself in serving the hungry, thirsty, naked or imprisoned....
Who's Counting? (Doing the Numbers on Membership)
JOURNALISTS COVERING religion regularly cite membership figures for the various religious organizations. They want to give readers an idea of how many people might be affected by developments in a particular group or tradition. Some religious bodies...
With a Church Aid Convoy to the West Bank
The food convoy has been stuck for over an hour at the first Israeli military roadblock between Jerusalem and the Bethlehem Christian suburb of Beit Jallah. Ramzi Zananiri, executive secretary of the International Christian Committee and leader of...
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