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. 21, October 20

5 Essential Books on John Calvin
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Calvin. By E Bruce Gordon. (Yale University Press, 416 pp., $35.00.) How best to understand Calvin on the 500th anniversary of his birth? Start with this new biography by a professor at Yale Divinity School who offers a nuanced,...
5 Essential Books on Paul
Paul and His Letters (second edition). By Leander E. Keck. (Fortress, 176 pp., $17.00 paperback.) This is the best general introduction to Paul and to his writings. While accessible to beginning students, it reflects a depth of engagement with Paul's...
7 Essential Books for Preaching
Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale. By Frederick Buechner. (HarperOne, 112 pp., $17.99.) My favorite book on the theology of preaching--which helps me remember what I'm doing and why--is the first one I ever read, the...
Best Seller
Beacon 1. Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel 2. Love and Death: My Journey Through the Valley of the Shadow by Forrest Church 3. Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded...
Boldly Humble
WHAT CAUSES YOU to become discouraged?" I asked a visitor from eastern Congo who started a university in that country a few years ago. He told me that the school had grown from 200 to 500 to 800 students, and that it was adding new areas of study....
Coalition Seeks Repeal of Grant Memo Allowing Christians-Only Hiring
Dozens of legal and religious groups have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to rescind a Bush-era memorandum that they believe wrongly permitted a religious charity to receive federal grant money despite its policy of hiring only Christians. Organizations...
Convicted Felon Loses Bid to Regain Top Baptist Post
Despite a highly publicized effort to regain the presidency of the nation's largest African-American Baptist denomination, disgraced pastor Henry Lyons overwhelmingly lost his election bid last month. Henry Lyons, a former president of the National...
Evolution and Sacrifice
FOLLOWERS OF the media furor about evolution and God may be forgiven for imagining that they have to choose between Darwinian theory and belief in divine providence. After all, the most vociferous current contestants in this long-running debate are...
Julie and Julia
Julie and Julia. Directed by Nora Ephron. Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci and Chris Messina. The title of Nora Ephron's Julie and Julia equalizes its two plots: there is one about how Julia Child came to publish Mastering the...
On the Left and Right, Activists Are Driven by Religious Convictions
Long-held assumptions about religious activists on the left and right have been confirmed in a new 40-page report issued in mid-September: the only thing both sides seem to have in common is that faith is a big part of their lives--bigger than among...
Race Still Matters
Was former president Jimmy Carter identifying the elephant in the room or seeing a phantom when he charged that much of the opposition to President Obama's health-care reform is motivated by racism? Whatever the wisdom of Carter's comments, Obama himself...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, October 25 Mark 10:46-52 WHEN YOU THINK of Jesus' disciples, who comes to mind? Impulsive Peter and doubting Thomas? Surely. James and John, the Zebedee boys? Of course. Mary Magdalene and some of the other women mentioned in Luke 8:1-3?...
Retired Army Officer Will Be Nigeria's New Primate
The Church of Nigeria has chosen a 57-year-old retired lieutenant colonel from the Nigerian army, Archbishop Nicholas Orogodo Okoh, as its new primate to lead some 20 million Anglicans in the west African country. Okoh was elected September 15 by...
Study Finds Clergy Sexual Misconduct Widespread
In any given congregation with 400 adult members, seven women on average have been victims of clergy sexual misconduct since they turned 18, a new national study reveals. "We knew anecdotally that clergy sexual misconduct with adults is a huge problem,...
Tools of the Trade
Avoid haphazard writing materials. A pedantic adherence to certain papers, pens, inks is beneficial. No luxury, but an abundance of these utensils is indispensable. --Walter Benjamin, "The Writer's Technique in Thirteen Theses" Whatever one's...
'Values Voters' See Little Value in Medical Reform
Health-care reform may be Priority No. 1 in Congress and at the White House, but for the 1,825 religious conservatives who gathered in Washington for the annual Values Voter Summit in September, the subject was barely on their radar screen. "To...
Words and Miracles
I HAVE A FRIEND who was a college professor before she made the brave decision to leave the security of academia and strike out on her own as a writer. Once or twice a year she sends me two books and a nice note expressing her reluctance to add to...
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