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. 124, No. 17, August 21

A Mormon President? the LDS Difference
SHORTLY BEFORE THE Southern Baptist Convention met in Salt Lake City in 1998, the SBC missions board distributed over 45,000 evangelistic kits titled "The Mormon Puzzle: Understanding and Witnessing to Latter-day Saints." The kit included a video that...
Counting Mormons: Study Says LDS Numbers Inflated
THE MORMON CHURCH claims to have some 5.7 million members in the United States, which would make the Utah-based denomination the fourth largest church body in the nation after the Roman Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United...
Disciples Assembly Opposes Iraq War
After keeping a collective silence in 2003 and 2005, the majority of' delegates to this year's biennial General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) expressed moral opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq. "It is high time this...
Dumbledore's Army
IT TAKES 10 or 15 minutes to catch up to the shorthand narrative style of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film based on the J. K. Bowling novels (released at about the same time as the seventh and final book in the series). The...
Ecumenism's New Basis: Testimony
AFTER KEEPING a low profile for several years, advocates of a fresh approach to ecumenism are going public about a promising international gathering in Kenya this November. About 240 leaders from the Vatican, WoAd Evangelical Alliance, Orthodox...
European Muslim: The Multiple Identity of Tariq Ramadan
TARIQ RAMADAN is a Swiss Muslim and a proponent of "European Islam"--a form of Islam that he says is appropriate to and consistent with European culture. He combines European academic training with a distinct Islamist pedigree: he is the grandson of...
Evangelical Figure Leaves Trail of Fraud, Critics Say
When Christian publisher Jason Christy was tapped two years ago to lead the Christian Coalition, the group's leaders praised him for his ability "to inspire and encourage people of faith to action." But Christy's business dealings--both before and...
Gay Feelings Must Be Resisted, Mormons Declare
A new Mormon booklet on homosexuality states that same-sex relationships are "inconsistent" with God's plan, but adds that some people may not be able to "overcome" such attractions. The document differentiates between those who have same-gender...
God's Justice
WOODY ALLEN famously pointed out that the problem is not that God doesn't exist, but that he is an underachiever. The philosophical tendency for at least the past three centuries has been to assume that the human estimation of God is more significant...
Hispanic Hopes
IN JUNE, Esperanza USA, a national network of Hispanic ministries and churches, sponsored its fifth annual National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington. The breakfast, which focused on immigration reform, was attended by President Bush as well...
Letty Russell, Liberationist and Churchwoman
Letty Mandeville Russell is being remembered as a gifted scholar and teacher, and as a pioneer in what many call the first generation of feminist theologians. Delivering the annual Paul Tillich lecture at Harvard University in May 2006, a little...
Living by the Word :Curses & Blessings
Sunday, September 9 Deuteronomy 30:15-20 THE PEOPLE OF Israel stand on the threshold of their inheritance, the land of promise. The long-awaited day of glory has come; it's time to remember their story, their failures and, most important, their...
Living by the Word: Table Manners
Sunday, September 2 Luke 14:1, 7-14 AS THE FOCAL POINT of our lives, mealtimes reflect the nature of our shared lives. They are a central pace for expressions of love, caring and affirmation rough both the provision of nourishment and the conversation...
Mass Appeal?
THE SUNDAY AFTER Pope Benedict XVI authorized the wider use of Latin in the Catholic mass, I went to St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, which has been celebrating mass in Latin for years. In fact, Catholic priests could always use the Latin version...
Money Pours in for Baptist Center on Capitol Hill
A Texas Baptist family's spontaneous challenge to jump-start a Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty campaign to buy and renovate a house on Capitol Hill for its own center in Washington netted the organization nearly $1.9 million in just a...
Not-So-Fully Church
IN JULY THE Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) reaffirmed the Catholic doctrine that the church of Christ "exists fully only in the Catholic Church." Which prompted many people to say, "What, again?" or "Why now?" Yes, the...
Smorgasbord
GREAT AWAKENING 2007" is the headline of Cathleen Falsani's two-page column in the July 6 Chicago Sun-Times. Falsani asks readers, "Have you ever had a spiritual experience? Would you like to?" and then responds by offering "suggestions" that "just...
Some Churchgoers Welcome the Hug
Fellowship time during the early Sunday service at Morning Star Baptist Church in Cleveland brings smiles to worshipers' faces from the moment they are told to "hug one another this morning; show some love." For several minutes, men and women, young...
Travel Tips
MY FIRST inclination after reading "The Vatican's Ten Commandments for Drivers" (reported in CenturyMarks, July 10) was to wonder if there were not more urgent matters for the papacy to be pondering. But my next drive down Michigan Avenue reminded...
True Church: The Vatican Has Restated the Obvious: Christians Have Different Views of What Is Essential to the Church
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH recently restated its view that Protestant churches are not "churches in the proper sense." Some Protestants take offense. But we need not. The word church in Catholic parlance refers to those bodies that have bishops in apostolic...
Worshiping with Agatha Christie
WHAT WOULD Agatha Christie Do? In 1971 she put her name on a petition urging the conservation of an endangered species: the traditional Latin mass, threatened with extinction in the aftermath of Vatican II. The petition noted that the preconciliar...
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