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. 117, No. 31, November 8

Carter Cuts SBC Ties
WHEN FORMER President Jimmy Carter made his "very painful decision" to dissociate himself publicly from the Southern Baptist Convention, it was what he termed "the increasingly rigid creed" of the U.S.'s largest Protestant denomination that forced...
Checkmate
Sunday, November 26 Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Revelation 1:4b-8; Psalm 93;John 18:33-37 G0 TO HARVARD SQUARE in Cambridge or Washington Square in New York City or any public place where chess players have gathered to watch or challenge each other....
Days of Protest
PART OF THE FABRIC of public life in America during the post--World War II years, perhaps the cross-stitch that held the symbolic boundaries in place, was anticommunism. Most mainline church editors were part of it. The launching of Sputnik in 1957...
Generation to Generation
SINCE ERNEST HEMINGWAY famously quoted Gertrude Stein in the 1920s, "You are a lost generation," Americans have been fascinated by the idea of generational difference. Characterizing an entire generation involves a mammoth generalization, of course,...
Gen X Revisited
A return to tradition? A STATISTIC: only about 30 percent of people born between 1964 and 1978-- that is, 30 percent of so-called Gen Xers--belong to a church. Ubiquitous media reports say that's not because we aren't spiritually inclined. We are....
In the Pressure Cooker
MIDDLE EAST SUMMITS come and go with one repeated mantra: During an end to file violence. That plea is always interpreted as a demand for both sides to stop shooting at each other and settle down long enough for their leaders to hammer out an agreement...
Is It God's Business?
A PRESBYTERIAN minister told me a story about his first year at a certain congregation. His predecessor had abolished the general confession of sins from the Sunday liturgy, and one of the first things this new pastor did was try to reinstate it. But...
Jews vs. Jews
THE VIOLENCE between Israelis and Palestinians is once again in the forefront of the news. Those who support Israel see themselves defending it against the prophesied destruction of the nation and the Jewish people. Palestinian supporters witness for...
Lieberman Says U.S. Needs Spiritual Balance
Though "friends and foes alike [had] discouraged" him from raising moral and religious issues, Senator Joseph L. Lieberman returned to the theme two weeks before election day by asserting that "this is a conversation we as a nation need to have." Speaking...
Loneliness Virus
Douglas Coupland's World ALL THE LONELY people, where do they all come from? That question from "Eleanor Rigby" might serve as the epigraph for the works of Douglas Coupland. Coupland is the Canadian writer who burst on the scene in 1991 with Generation...
Lutherans Consider Ordination Compromise
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has proposed a compromise to pastors who object to ordination rules under a new full-communion agreement with the Episcopal Church. The "Called to Common Mission" agreement between Lutherans and Episcopalians,...
Pattern of Crime
DO YOU REMEMBER how zealous you were about reaching "perfect attendance" marks in grade school? How careful you were about avoiding the first "absent" day? How easy it was to fall into a pattern of delinquency and how you thought your parents foresaw...
Sharon to Evangelicals: Peace Process Is Dead
Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon, the man widely blamed for trigerring the initial outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian disturbances in late September, told an evangelical gathering in Jerusalem that the Oslo peace process is dead and at best Israel...
U.S. Muslim Coalition Endorses Bush
Swayed in part by George W. Bush's stance against racial profiling of Arab-Americans in the United States, the political arm of a Washington-based American Muslim group endorsed the Texas governor's White House campaign. At a news conference October...
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