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. 120, No. 11, May 31

Best Sellers
Brazos 1. The Unauthorized Guide to Choosing a Church by Carmen Renee Berry 2. Darwin's God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil by Cornelius G. Hunter 3. Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons and other Pop...
Century Marks
CONS AND NEOCONS: Scott McConnell is the executive editor of a new journal, the American Conservative, whose mission is to challenge--from the right--the neoconservative movement, which is seen as pushing the Bush administration toward (among other...
Coming into Focus. (Living by the Word)
Sunday, June 8 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15; Acts 2:1-21 WHEN THE Counselor Comes!" What was Jesus trying to tell us? His words came after an embarrassing incident. When none of us disciples was willing to wash someone else's feet, Jesus did it. Our...
Evangelicals Call for Fairness to Islam. (News)
While affirming their right to proselytize, leaders of the evangelical Christian community have issued suggested guidelines to foster better relations between Christians and Muslims. At the same time, they criticized some prominent evangelicals' strongly...
Hearts and Minds
WILL OUR CHILDREN have faith? Christian educator John Westerhoff asked that question over 25 years ago in a book with that title. It a question worth asking repeatedly, for the church is always only one generation away from extinction. Are mainline...
Iraqi Christians Fear Rise of Shi'ites. (News)
ARRIVING HOME from work a few weeks ago in Baghdad, Raad Karim Essa saw his furniture on the street. His Muslim landlord wasn't renting to Christians anymore. "He told us not to argue and threatened us," said Essa, 42, a father of four. "He said...
Making a Face. (M.E.M.O.)
COUNTENANCES HAVE been much on my mind lately, thanks to the example of the Palo Alto, California, city council. Palo Alto's Web site boasts that the city attracts "highly educated, politically aware and culturally sophisticated" residents, a fact...
Mormons and Muslims-And Evangelicals, Too. (News)
One Saturday afternoon this month, a larger-than-expected turnout of 300 religious volunteers in Pasadena, California, packed nearly 10,000 personal hygiene kits for relief shipments to Iraq. A third of the volunteers were Muslims and the rest were...
Needless Deaths. (Impressions)
I HAVE TWO FILES on my computer desktop labeled "Rachel" and "Shaden." They remind me of the deaths of an American woman and a Palestinian woman. One contains stories and editorials about Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old native of Olympia, Washington,...
Novel Idea. (from the Editor/publisher)
I AM MOSTLY a utilitarian reader. For 40 years I have been writing and preaching sermons weekly, and I have come to rely on the almost exact relationship between the quality and quantity of my reading and my ability to create a sermon that has some...
SBC Purges Missions; 13 Fired, 20 Resign. (News)
Firings and forced resignations, long a part of the conservative rise to power at Southern Baptist seminaries and news organizations, made their way this month to the foreign mission field. Trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention's International...
Shelf Life
What books do you find yourself returning to? Here's what several writers and teachers had to say: Telling the Truth, by Frederick Buechner, and Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott. Though very different writers, both Buechner and Lamott understand...
Storm Center. (When Bad Things Happen)
Set a straight course and keep to it, and do not be dismayed in the face of adversity (Ecclesiasticus 2:2, The Apocrypha, Revised English Bible). AFTER A CHILD has been baptized in the traditions and liturgies of the Greek Orthodox Church--and by...
Suspension Lifted for Missouri Synod Leader
A panel for the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod has lifted the suspension of a New York church official penalized last June for participating in a national interfaith prayer event at Yankee Stadium following the September 11 terrorist attacks. "I...
Talking with the Enemy. (Faith Matters)
IN WENDELL BERRY'S novel Jayber Crow, Jayber is a barber in Port William, Kentucky, who interacts with a variety of people as they come to his barbershop. He struggles to get along with Troy Chatham, an acquisitive agribusinessman whom Jayber thinks...
The Book on Bennett
SHOULD WE judge Bill Bennett for being an obsessive gambler, for losing over $1 million in a two-month period and $8 million over ten years? He wouldn't have it any other way. In his 1998 bestseller, The Death of Outrage, Bennett bemoaned the wretched...
This Far by Faith: The Power of the Black Church
JUAN WILLIAMS is senior correspondent for National Public Radio. For 23 years he was a reporter and columnist for the Washington Post and is the author of Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary and the best-selling Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil...
Virtues Guru Bennett: 'Gambling Days over'. (News)
While most conservative Christians in the United States see gambling as a vice, Bill Bennett doesn't think so. Or at least he didn't until many of his fellow conservatives began criticizing him for recently publicized revelations about his massive...
Where Have All the Folkies Gone? (Film)
IN THE HILARIOUS, pitch-perfect Christopher Guest parody, A Mighty Wind, three 1960s folk bands participate in a reunion concert to memorialize the promoter who brought them to the public eye. Guest and co-writer Eugene Levy burlesque the most celebrated...
Wind Blown. (Living by the Word)
Sunday, June 15 John 3:1-17; Romans 8:12-17 "The Spirit of the triune God is and will always be the life force of the world and all that is good and hopeful in it, which includes the hunger for God."--Joanna Adams DURING AN ATTEMPTED COUP...