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. 8, April 21

Accidental Lessons
THIS PAST CHRISTMAS, I wished for and received a chainsaw. On New Year's Eve, while I was engaged in a woodworking project, the chainsaw slipped, grabbed my left sleeve, threw me to the ground, and in a matter of seconds dug into my arm, cutting my...
AIG Scapegoats
A lot of outrage, including threats of physical violence, has been directed at executives of the American International Group and other financial-services firms. The executives are perceived as having triggered the worldwide economic crisis by their...
Blank Stares: Who's Listening to Sermons?
A GROUP OF PASTORS had been brought together by the Episcopal Preaching Foundation to talk and share and practice preaching. It was my turn to address the group, and I had a particular focus in mind. I presented a composite mental sketch of some people...
Gallup Survey Finds Muslims Are Younger, More Racially Diverse
Muslims in America attend worship services as frequently as Protestant Americans. Among the nation's faith groups, they are the most racially diverse. And they're younger--more than a third of Muslim adults are between the ages 18 and 29, double the...
Gomorrah
Gomorrah. Directed by Matteo Garrone. Nominated as Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards and awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Gomorrah chronicles the violent activities of the Camorra, or "the System," the sprawling...
Investing in Sudan
"WHAT WOULD YOU SAY to someone who is hesitant to invest in Sudan's schools or health clinics given the likelihood that violence will return to Sudan?" My colleague was addressing Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church of Sudan during a...
Praying for the President-Regardless of Party
The church sign of a Pentecostal congregation facing a busy Los Angeles-area street bore a single message for months: LET US PRAY FOR OUR NEW PRESIDENT. The church's pastor, a Republican, said that right after the November elections he and congregational...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, April 26 Luke 24:36-48 WHEN READ IN its entirety, Luke's 24th chapter tells the story of Christ's resurrection in much the same way that we as parents and family members narrate the birth of a child. Though we have prepared for the arrival...
Study Says Faithful Opt for Aggressive Treatment
Two years ago, Kevin Brumett was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 29 and had never smoked. After an initial round of successful treatment, the cancer spread to his brain. Still, Brumett is determined to fight the disease and says God is on his side...
The End Is Life
EVERY YEAR we preachers eagerly look for help with the daunting challenge of preparing an Easter sermon. Never are we as acutely aware of our own limitations, intellectual and spiritual, as when we try to find words to express the reality that a dead...
The Rest of the Story: Media Coverage of the War in Gaza
FOR 23 DAYS in December and January, Israel struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip by air and then on the ground using tanks; Hamas sent an almost-daily barrage of mortar shells, unguided rockets and slightly more sophisticated missiles to towns...
The Sufi Next Door
Many excellent scholars study Islam. Many other scholars explore the changing face of global Christianity. Rarely do those experts look at the two worlds--Muslim and Christian--side by side, which is a pity: when we do, we see some remarkable parallels...
Things Turn Around
EIGHT YEARS AGO, I was preparing for Holy Week and for Palm Sunday--my favorite Sunday--when our family was overtaken by an unexpected crisis. I have always looked forward to Palm Sunday because of my childhood memories of waving the palms in processions...
What's Next for Iraq?
WHAT WILL HAPPEN if Barack Obama makes good on his promise to withdraw American troops from Iraq by 2011? One scenario is that hostilities between Iraq's Shi'ites and Sunnis will reignite in a destructive civil war, plunging the country into further...
Will Obama's Plan to Trim Charitable Tax Deductions Hurt Religious Groups?
The White House's proposed 2010 federal budget calls for reducing the deduction for charitable contributions for the nation's wealthiest taxpayers. Some religious groups are asking how that will affect their bottom line. The answer: it on depends who...

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